Jim Souhan’s not alone in picking out this choice as a post-George Floyd savior for the NFL, but he’s perhaps more specific than most. The league has struggled over the past few years with activism by players over police brutality and racism, although they have largely settled with everyone — or almost everyone. The most visible activist is no longer on the field in the NFL.
If the Minnesota Vikings want to signal solidarity with their community, Souhan writes, they know what they have to do. Bring back Colin Kaepernick!
We’ll get to Souhan’s point in a moment, but first let’s look at a similar call from Joe Lockhart. The former Clinton administration spokesman also worked as an NFL executive, and now says he and the league were wrong not to have worked harder to facilitate Kaepernick’s return: