Osaka told Reuters on Wednesday that Kaepernick’s message about racial injustice and police brutality is more relevant than ever and that he should be able to get his job back. Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality during the 2016 season.
“Colin has been putting this message out since 2016. It took a pandemic, an economic crisis and a torturous murder on camera, all at the same time, for people to really hear him,” Osaka said. “It shouldn't have been that way. If the NFL wants to show that they really care the first thing they should do is take a knee together and give Colin his job back.”
Osaka is the latest sports figure to support the idea that Kaepernick should get his job back.
New Orleans Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins told “CBS This Morning” the league should address Kaepernick’s situation.
“I still don't think [the NFL has] gotten it right. Until they apologize, specifically, to Colin Kaepernick, or assign him to a team, I don't think that they will end up on the right side of history," Jenkins said.
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