President Trump Says He'd 'Love' to See Colin Kaepernick Play in NFL
President Trump says he'd 'love' to see former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepnerick play in the NFL 'if he's good enough.
President Trump says he'd 'love' to see former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick play in the NFL 'if he's good enough.'
Trump made the comment Friday morning as he departed the White House for fundraising events in New York before heading for a working vacation from his New Jersey club.
A reporter asked, "In your view, Mr. President, should Colin Kaepernick get the opportunity to play in the NFL."
President Trump replied, "If he's good enough. If he's good enough. Why would he play? If he's good enough -- I think if he was good enough -- I know the owners -- I know Bob Kraft -- I know so many of the owners. If he's good enough, they'd sign him. So, if he's good enough -- I know these people -- they'd sign him in a heartbeat. They will do anything they can to win games. So, I'd like to see it -- frankly, I'd love to see Kaepernick come in, if he's good enough."
Kaepernick posted a video to Twitter on Wednesday in which he said he's "still ready" for an NFL return. The video, which has garnered over 2.6 million views, kicks off with a graphic saying "denied work for 889 days."
The former University of Nevada, Reno quarterback began kneeling during the national anthem to bring awareness to racial injustice in America.
He decided not to continue with the San Francisco 49ers after the end of the 2016 season.
In 2017, Kaepernick, along with former 49ers teammate Eric Reid, filed a grievance against the NFL alleging the two remained unsigned because of collusion by owners following the kneeling protest.
This past February, the NFL and lawyers for Kaepernick and Reid reached a private settlement.
(CBS News contributed to this report.)