Roger Goodell and a select group of owners and players met on Tuesday to talk about activism in the league. There was notable omission from the guest list.
Despite blazing the way for NFL players to use their platform for social change, Colin Kaepernick was not invited to the meeting with players and owners to discuss how the league could best move forward.The players in attendance wanted him there, but the owners — despite some erroneous early reports — didn’t extend an invitation, according to a statement from attorney Mark Geragos.
“Mr. Kaepernick is open to future participation on these important discussions,” the statement read.
49ers CEO Jed York supported his former quarterback in his comments following the meeting.
“[Kaepernick’s] message has been lost,” he told reporters. “… The more you sit with players and hear what they’re fighting for, it’s hard to disagree with them.”
York went on to say that Tuesday was one of his proudest days as the owner of the Niners, according to NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport. He also noted that it was Kaepernick who made these conversations around the NFL possible.