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Roger Goodell doesn’t think Colin Kaepernick is being blackballed

The NFL commissioner doesn’t think there’s any sort of ulterior motive to Kaepernick’s failure to find a job in the league.

It was only a matter of time before we’d again hear from the NFL commissioner himself on this Colin Kaepernick thing. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell made an appearance at a Los Angeles Rams All Access event and had a question about Colin Kaepernick’s current unemployment.

Alden Gonzalez at ESPN caught what Goodell said on the matter, and it’s about what you’d expect. Goodell doesn’t think it’s so much of Kaepernick being blacklisted, as it’s just football reasons and ability. It’s definitely worth a trip read the whole story, but here’s what Goodell had to say on teams possibly blackballing Kaepernick. From the article:

According to Goodell, teams, "all want to get better. And if they see an opportunity to get better as a football team, they're going to do it. They're going to do whatever it takes to make their football team better. So those are football decisions. They're made all the time. I believe that if a football team feels that Colin Kaepernick, or any other player, is going to improve that team, they're going to do it."

So football decisions. The same football decisions that made the Seattle Seahawks talk about how Kaepernick is a starter in this league and then take Austin Davis of all people. That’s definitely a football decision.

Whether he’s blackballed or not, at least some accountability would be nice in all of this, rather than the shady whispers from anonymous sources that say the league is committed to keeping Kaepernick out. The bad look that teams would get for bringing Kaepernick in given the fanbase makes sense, but given the progression, it’s an even worse look for the league itself on how this situation currently stands.