Lakers' LeBron James Says NFL Still Owes Colin Kaepernick an Apology

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 25, 2020

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneels during the singing of the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2016, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
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Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James believes the NFL still needs to issue a formal apology to Colin Kaepernick. 

Speaking to Bloomberg Businessweek's Jason Kelly, James acknowledged the NFL is doing a better job of listening to its Black players but that the league should apologize to Kaepernick directly (starting at 1:47):

Goodell released a video statement June 5 in response to a video from several players demanding the league acknowledge Black Lives Matter and "condemn racism and the systematic oppression of Black People."

Goodell answered those requests and acknowledged the league was "wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier and encourage all to speak out and peacefully protest."

Colin Kaepernick's name wasn't mentioned in the video, though Goodell told ESPN's Mike Greenberg on June 15 he would "encourage" a team to sign Kaepernick "if he wants to resume his career in the NFL."

The movement of NFL players taking a knee to protest during the national anthem was started by Kaepernick during the 2016 season. 

Since opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers in March 2017, Kaepernick has gone unsigned as a free agent. 

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