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Roger Goodell: ‘Wished We Listened Earlier’ To What Colin Kaepernick Was Protesting

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NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he “wished we had listened earlier” to what Colin Kaepernick was trying to bring attention to when he began kneeling for the national anthem in 2016.

Goodell was asked on former NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho’s video series, “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man,” what he would say in a public apology to Kaepernick.

Goodell responded by expressing remorse about the lack of dialogue with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback, saying that the league would have benefited from a conversation with Kaepernick.

“We had invited him in several times to have the conversation, to have the dialogue,” Goodell said in the video posted Sunday. “I wish we had the benefit of that. We never did. And we would’ve benefited from that, absolutely.”

Goodell also said that players kneeling is “not about the flag” and that their intentions are being “mischaracterized.”

“These are not people who are unpatriotic. They’re not disloyal. They’re not against our military,” Goodell said. “In fact, many of those guys were in the military, and they’re a military family. And what they wer… (Read more)

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