ESPN’s Sage Steele: NFL Owners Run a Business and Have the Right to Not Sign Colin Kaepernick

In an appearance on NBC Sports Network’s “Dan Patrick Show,” ESPN anchor Sage Steele weighed in on Colin Kaepernick remaining a free agent as the start to the 2017 season looms.

Steele said the owners, like Kaepernick with his protest, have the right to decide what is best for them.

“[O]wners in this league, they run a business, and they have a right to make the decision that they believe is best for their business — just like Colin Kaepernick has the right to express his opinion and do what’s best for him, for his brand, for his career,” Steele said Thursday. “There’s repercussions to both.”

Steele went on to say that if Kaepernick had the talent, the San Francisco 49ers would have held onto him.

She added, “Colin Kaepernick, I think that he would still be on the [49ers] if he were that good. Other teams would have picked him up, and people need talent, and there is no question about that, right? If he were that good, someone would have picked him up or maybe he is, and these team owners, the PR staff say, is it worth it?”

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