“The answer is absolutely that, as long as I’m on my knees, I would love to see him pull another, but obviously he has to be able to play well,” he continued. “If he can’t play well, I think he would be very unfair.”
“Well, listen, if he wants to start his NFL career again, then he’s obviously going to get a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club that makes that decision and encourages them to do so.”
Discussions are coming as the nation has been hit by protests and talks over police brutality and racism following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Brena Taylor in Louisville and Rizard Brooks in Atlanta.
Kaepernick has not played in the league since the 2016 season – the same season he sat for the first time during the National Anthem game. The protest turned to its knees as Seattle Seahawk and Green Beret Nate Boyer convinced Kaepernick that it would be more respectful of the nation’s army, the quarterback said.
Trump’s comments on Wednesday also follow the announcement by Home Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Dr. Ben Carson earlier this week that he was urging the president to reconsider his position on the cling.
Amir Vera and CNN’s Jill Martin contributed to the report.