Donald Trump Makes Surprising Comments About Colin Kaepernick's Possible NFL 2nd Chance

Rachel Dillin

President Donald Trump spoke about Colin Kaepernick's possible second chance with the NFL today during an interview, and he appeared to do an about-face after recently being outspoken against professional players kneeling in protest. Journalist Scott Thuman, chief political correspondent for Sinclair and Full Measure, tweeted an excerpt from his interview with the president earlier today.

In the 30-second clip, the journalist and Trump stood socially distanced outside. Thuman asked the president about sports and kneeling. Specifically, the reporter wanted to know if President Trump felt that former NFL Colin Kaepernick, who famously took a knee in protest of police brutality, deserved a second chance.

"If he deserves it, he should. If he has the playing ability. He started off great, and then he didn't end up very great in terms of 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 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."

Trump's answer came amid national protests and civil unrest after George Floyd died in the custody of four now-former Minneapolis police officers. Yesterday, in the White House Rose Garden, he signed an executive order regarding safe policing with several prominent law enforcement officials gathered around him. Still, many of the families of black men and women who have died were not there.

As for Kaepernick, he played six seasons in the NFL, and he has been out of the league since 2016, Yahoo Sports reported.