Mark Davis, Las Vegas Raiders owner, is ready to watch Kaepernick return to the field. "I believe in Colin Kaepernick," he recently revealed in the Race in America: A Candid Conversation podcast. As he put it, he would welcome the free agent back into the NFL "with open arms" following the quarterback's six-year hiatus. Has Davis just opened up a door for Kaepernick that his followers have almost deemed shut these past few years?
For those who forgot - Colin Kaepernick played for the San Francisco 49ers for six seasons before controversy unfolded in 2016 after the star QB knelt to the ground during the national anthem to promote awareness of injustice. Kaepernick went unsigned in the following offseason and has not played in the NFL since then. However, the talented athlete recently stated he has "unfinished business" in the NFL during last month's I Am Athlete podcast. "You had those dreams from when you're a kid. I'm [gonna] be a NFL player, and I'm gonna win a Super Bowl. And for me, I have unfinished business on that front," Kaepernick vowed.
Following Kaepernick's interview, Mark Davis shared with NBC Sport's Bay Area Affiliate that he believes in Kaepernick and, "He deserves every chance in the world to become a quarterback in the National Football League." Still, ultimately, it would come down to the coaches and the team's general manager to make the final decision. Davis continued to share, he thinks "Colin is a very misunderstood human being" and that he's "gotten a chance to talk to him" and "didn't understand the kneeling, what that meant initially," but "over time, I have learned a little bit more about it." The Raiders are known for their history-making decisions after hiring the first Latino and Black head football coaches in the NFL.
Despite his talented plays on the field, the football player turned activist has recently published a children's book, I Color Myself Different, hoping to "inspire and empower young people--especially Black and Brown youths--to live with confidence & strength in all they do." We're hoping Kaepernick gets to finish what he started - despite slamming the NFL in his recent documentary. Until then, grab a copy of I Color Myself Different. And stay tuned for more updates.