Goodell: ‘I Don’t Agree’ Kaepernick Has Been Blackballed Over National Anthem Protests

Monday on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell shot down the notion that free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick is the victim of a blackballing by owners around the NFL due to his polarizing National Anthem protests.

Goodell said that Kaepernick “is always welcome” to be a part of player’s coalition meetings

“We’ve always invited Colin to come over,” stated Goodell. “He’s welcome to come over and meet at any point and time. We had an open door on that. There were some meeting set up with the player’s coalition, and they were invited by the player’s coalition.”

Goodell explained he believes there are a number of factors on why teams have yet to sign Kaepernick, but he does not agree with people like LeBron James that he has been blackballed.

“Each and every club’s got to make those decisions,” he said. “They make those decisions based on a lot of factors that are best for their football team. And when they do that, that’s what’s in the best interest.”

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