Owner Mark Davis says he's given Raiders blessing to sign Colin Kaepernick since 2017
Mark Davis, owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, said he had given his front office his "blessing" to sign Colin Kaepernick since 2017.
Davis, who took over the team from his father Al in 2011, told Paul Gutierrez of ESPN that he had no problems signing the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback as he became a free agent after the 2016 season.
I just spoke to # Raiders owner Mark Davis, who said team members had a "day off paid by the company" on June 19. Davis, who was also asked about @ Kaepernick7, said: "Since 2017, I have told the coaches and managers that they have my blessings if they want to hire Colin Kaepernick."
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"Since 2017, I've told the coaches and directors that they have my blessings if they want to hire Colin Kaepernick," said Davis.
Kaepernick officially announced his contract after 2016, although the 49ers were ready to release him if he didn't. It was the same season that he knelt one knee during the national anthem to protest the brutality of the police and racial injustices. He hasn't played since.
Derek Carr has been the Raiders starting quarter back since 2014. In the last three seasons, the Raiders EJ Manuel, A.J. McCarron and Mike Glennon as backup. On the way to the 2020 season, Raiders head coach Jon Gruden currently has Marcus Mariota and Nathan Peterman as substitutes.
The nation's recent reckoning on issues of racism, police brutality and social justice has put Kaepernick's silent protest back in the spotlight. Some players have a better understanding of what the protest actually meant, and others have explained why they felt when they couldn't join the quarterback.
This has changed with a growing list of top athletes saying they plan to kneel during the national anthem this fall. After Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week that he encouraged Kaepernick to sign, Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said the free agent was on the team's training list.
Mark Davis, owner of the Las Vegas Raiders, supports Colin Kaepernick's signing, he said. (AP Photo / Jeff Chiu)
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