Trump says he'd 'love' to see Kaepernick in the NFL but only if he's 'good enough'

Trump says he'd 'love' to see Kaepernick in the NFL but only if he's 'good enough'
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President TrumpDonald TrumpFacebook temporarily bans ads for weapons accessories following Capitol riots Sasse, in fiery op-ed, says QAnon is destroying GOP Section 230 worked after the insurrection, but not before: How to regulate social media MORE on Friday said he'd "love" to see quarterback Colin Kaepernick sign with an NFL team "if he's good enough" to compete in the league.

"I think if he was good enough — I know the owners. I know [New England Patriots owner] Bob Kraft. I know so many of the owners — if he's good enough they'd sign him … they will do anything they can to win games," Trump said as he left the White House for fundraisers in the Hamptons.

"Frankly I'd love to see Kaepernick come in if he's good enough," Trump added. "But I don't want to see him come in because somebody thinks it's a good PR move."


The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was the first NFL player to take a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, and has remained unsigned for nearly three years. Last year, he became the face of a Nike ad campaign, which drew blowback from the president.

Trump has repeatedly chastised players across various sports who protest during the anthem, suggesting at one point that those individuals don't belong in the country.

Earlier this year he slammed Megan Rapinoe, a co-captain of the U.S. women's soccer team, after she opted not to place her hand over her heart during the national anthem before this summer's World Cup games.

“Megan should never disrespect our Country, the White House, or our Flag, especially since so much has been done for her & the team," Trump tweeted in June. "Be proud of the Flag that you wear."