During an interview with Bloomberg News, NBA star LeBron James suggested the NFL owed Colin Kaepernick an apology.
James said “As far as the NFL, I’m not in those locker rooms. I’m not with those guys. But I do understand that an apology, I have not heard a true, official apology to Colin Kaepernick on what he was going through and what he was trying to tell the NFL and tell the world about why he was kneeling,”
Per USAToday, Kaepernick, 32, has not played since the 2016 season when, as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, he kneeled during the national anthem to protest racial inequality.
Most people now understand that he was ostracized from the league because of his beliefs.
Earlier this month, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said he encourages a team to sign Kaepernick.
“Well, listen, if he wants to resume his career in the NFL, then obviously it’s going to take a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support a club making that decision and encourage them to do that.
“If his efforts are not on the field but continuing to work in this space, we welcome him to that table and to help us, guide us, help us make better decisions about the kinds of things that need to be done in the communities. We have invited him in before, and we want to make sure that everybody’s welcome at that table and trying to help us deal with some very complex, difficult issues that have been around for a long time.
“But I hope we’re at a point now where everybody’s committed to making long-term, sustainable change.”
Goodell released a video apologizing on behalf of the NFL for not doing a better job of listening to players’ concerns on racial inequality. Afterward, he was criticized for not mentioning Kaepernick by name.
And that’s what LeBron wants — a personal apology to Kaepernick.