Las Vegas Raiders owner Mark Davis said he would welcome activist athlete Colin Kaepernick back into the NFL “with open arms.”
“I think Colin’s a very misunderstood human being,” Davis said. “I’ve gotten a chance to talk to him, I never really knew Colin and I didn’t understand him, and I didn’t really understand the kneeling, what that meant initially. Over time I’ve learned a little more about it, and I understand where he was coming from.”
Kaepernick, 34, who led the anti-police movement that saw players taking a knee during the National Anthem in 2016, was released from the San Francisco Forty-Niners a year later and was unable to find a job with another team.
In his recent Netflix special, the former quarterback compared the NFL combine to a slave market, but Kaepernick still wants his old job back.
“For the past 5 years I’ve been working out and staying ready in case an opportunity to play presented itself. I’m really grateful to my trainer, who I’ve been throwing to all this time. But man, do I miss throwing to professional route runners. Who’s working?? I will pull up,” he tweeted in March.
Davis clearly doesn’t agree with angry fans, and claimed that Kaepernick is “misunderstood.”
“Listen, I believe in Colin Kaepernick and he deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League,” he said in an interview. “If our coaches and general manager want to bring him in or want him to be the quarterback on this team, I would welcome him with open arms.”