Colin Kaepernick: Former 49ers quarterback tweets he's 'still ready' for work

Ross Houston
August 10, 2019

It's so unpleasant, in fact, that Kaepernick's 2017 grievance complaint against the NFL actually mentions Trump as "an organizing force" in essentially blackballing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

"If he's good enough, and I think if he was good enough, I know the owners and I know Bob Kraft and so numerous owners. I know the owners, I know [New England Patriots owner] Bob Kraft, I know so numerous owners", Trump said during an informal meeting with reporters on the White House lawn.

The president, who has repeatedly criticized Kaepernick and other athletes for protesting during the national anthem, gave his unexpected - and conditional -endorsement. "For 3 years. Still ready".

"Only if he's good enough", Trump said when asked if he supported the idea. 5 days a week. I know [New England Patriots owner] Bob Kraft.


In his time away from the NFL, Kaepernick has been involved in a number of social activism organizations and founded the "Know Your Rights Camp", which teaches young children about self-empowerment, American history and legal rights.

The 31-year-old Kaepernick hasn't played since 2016. "Yeah, if he's good enough".

"Only if he's good enough", Trump said. They will do anything to win games. So I'd like to see it.

"Frankly, I'd love to see Kaepernick come in - if he's good enough", the President told reporters at the White House on Friday.


In 2017, Kaepernick opted out of his San Francisco 49ers contract that was originally supposed to keep him on the team in 2020 to become a free agent.

"Five a.m., five days a week, for three years..."

Earlier this week, Kaepernick said he was "still ready" to play in the NFL.

Reid is now a safety for the Carolina Panthers and has said he plans to continue the kneeling protest this season.


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