“The answer is absolute. I’d love to see him kneel shot one more time, but he obviously has to be able to play well,” he continued. “If he can’t play well, I think that would be unfair.”
“Well, listen, if he wants to pursue a career in the NFL, then he’s obviously going to need a team to make that decision,” Goodell said. “But I welcome that, support the club in making that decision and encourage them to do so.”
The debates come as the state is gripped by protests and talks about police brutality and racism following the deaths of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Breonne Taylor in Louisville and Rayshard Brooks in Atlanta, at the hands of police.
Kaepernick has not played in the league since the 2016 season – the same season in which he first sat while playing the National Anthem. The protest grew to its knees after the former Seattle Seahawk and Green Beret Nate Boyer assured Kaepernick that it would be a tribute to the National Army.
Trump’s comments arrive Wednesday after Housing and Urban Development Minister Dr. Ben Carson said earlier this week that he was urging the president to reconsider his stance on gambling.
CNN’s Amir Vera and Jill Martin contributed to this report.