Last week, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell admitted that the league was wrong for not listening to players like Colin Kaepernick, who was trying to bring attention to racial injustice when he decided to take a knee during the singing of the national anthem. Carlos Hyde believes Kaepernick signing will prove NFL’s sincerity.
“We, the National Football League, condemn racism and the systematic oppression of black people,” Goodell said. “The National Football League, admit we were wrong for not listening to NFL players earlier. Also, we encourage all players to speak out and peacefully protest. NFL believes that black lives matter.”
With Goodell admitting the league didn’t handle the Kaepernick situation the right way, Seattle Seahawks running back Carlos Hyde, who played with Kaepernick in San Francisco, believes Goodell and the NFL can show just how sincere they are if Kaepernick is signed to a team.
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“Things definitely need to change, so I agree 100% what they were saying,” Hyde said of the players’ video.
“I was all for it,” Hyde said. “Understanding the message he was putting out. I understood because I came from Cincinnati, Ohio. Lincoln Heights in Cincinnati, it’s not the best area, and I would see that — police brutality, pretty much everybody in the neighborhood is struggling, you see violence, drugs, all that. There’s just no opportunity there.
“So I was able to get away from all that and pretty much start my life over,” he said. “But everybody is not fortunate; they don’t have grandparents that live in other places. So with that, I was all for what Kap was saying, his message. I was for it, still for it. But I just remember that we wasn’t a good team, and I wasn’t happy about that part because I wanted to win and I was tired of losing. So I was more worried about how we could win. I wasn’t really paying too much attention to what Kap had going on.”
Even though Hyde would love to see his former teammate get another shot in the NFL, there are no guarantees that any team will take a risk on a quarterback that hasn’t thrown a football professionally in over four years.