President Trump lent some support Wednesday to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, saying he “would love to see him get another shot” if he still has the skills to play in the league.
During an interview with Sinclair correspondent Scott Thuman, Trump was asked about Kaepernick, the then-San Francisco 49er who sparked a national debate in 2016 when he protested police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem, and whether or not the president believes Kaepernick “should get another shot in the NFL.”
“If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability,” Trump said. “He started off great and then he didn’t end up very great in terms of as a player. He was terrific in his rookie year, I think he was very good in his second year, and then something happened. So his playing wasn’t up to snuff.”
The president continued: “The answer is absolutely I would. As far as kneeling — I would love to see him get another shot, but obviously he has to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”
— Scott Thuman (@ScottThuman) June 17, 2020
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