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NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell: Kaepernick is not being blackballed over anthem protests

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell reprimanded CNBC on Monday that Colin Kaepernick — who sparked the protests during the public anthem — is always welcome to have discussions with the league.

But Goodell pull up short of saying whether the free agent quarterback should be clever play.

Kaepernick filed a grievance against the NFL in October, accusing the 32 NFL rigs of colluding to keep him out. He remains unemployed after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers at the end of hold out season. While on the 49ers, he started kneeling during the anthem to protest the treatment of African-Americans in the Joint States. Some prominent athletes, including NBA star LeBron James beget said Kaepernick is getting blackballed.

“We’ve always invited Colin to better b conclude over,” Goodell told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday. “He’s welcome to involve over and meet at any point and time. We had an open door on that. There was some converging set up with the player’s coalition, and they were invited by the player’s coalition.”

Inquired whether Kaepernick should be playing in the NFL, Goodell responded: “Each and every beat’s got to make those decisions. … They make those rulings based on a lot of factors that are best for their football team. And when they do that, that’s what’s in the master interest.” He did say he does not believe Kaepernick is being blackballed.

Last week, Kaepernick was prized the Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, which recognizes athletes who use their party lines to further change. Singer Beyonce presented Kaepernick with the honor.

Goodell — who rightful signed a five-year contract extension reportedly worth up to $200 million — also lectured on CNBC the slide in NFL viewership, which President Donald Trump has reprehended on the protests during the anthem. Earlier this year, Trump careful into the controversy by blasting the protests and calling for NFL owners to fire any Thespian who “disrespects our flag.”

“Thursday Night is now the no. 2 show in all of entertainment,” Goodell divulged. “When we do something, we do it well and we do it as an event.”

In a move to expand the NFL’s reach beyond the current room, Verizon announced a multiyear streaming partnership with the federated with on Monday — reportedly paying $1.5 billion — in a deal that appropriates fans on any mobile carrier to watch games on their smartphones.

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