*Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn acknowledged Wednesday that free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is on the team’s radar.
The former San Francisco 49er has not played in the NFL since he took a knee back in 2016 during the playing of the national anthem. His silent protest on the sideline before games was done to highlight police brutality and injustice in America.
As noted by SIcom, “in four years and 125 current QB roster spots, not one team has made room for the quarterback,” the outlet writes.
Earlier this week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell flipped the script on his initial stance on the matter, and surprised sports fans when he said that he supports Kaepernick and encouraged a team to sign him.
Kaepernick “fits the style of quarterback for the system we’ll be running,” Lynn said, per Omar Ruiz of the NFL Network.
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While Lynn reportedly has no definite plan for Kaepernick, as of now, he’s on the “emergency workout list.”
“I want to make this a better world for the next generation and not just for minorities, but for everybody,” Lynn said in early June. “I believe in diversity, I believe in inclusion and if you believe in that, you can’t just stand silent. You can’t just stand on the sidelines and just watch. You got to say something, man. The thing that bothered me the most about [the] George Floyd murder was the three officers that said nothing. The guy who did it, yeah, he’s a [expletive], but the three who stood by and did absolutely nothing … I’m just stunned by that. I see that going on in every organization. I see good people saying nothing and doing nothing, allowing this to happen.”
Meanwhile, one of the biggest opponents of Kaepernick and his peaceful protest has been President Trump, who previously called Black NFL players “sons of bitches” for participating in Kap’s #KneelingMovement.
On Wednesday, he was asked if 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 as a player.”
“So, his playing wasn’t up to snuff,” he 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 be able to play well. If he can’t play well, I think it would be very unfair.”