Green Bay Packers superstar Aaron Rodgers has earned his spot at the cookout after saying Colin Kaepernick is deserving of a roster spot but because of his decision to kneel during the national anthem, he remains a free-agent.
According to Mina Kimes of ESPN The Magazine, Rodgers stated that it would be “ignorant” to believe Kaepernick’s inability to land a contract wasn’t impacted by his decision to protest.
“I think he should be on a roster right now,” Rodgers said. “I think because of his protests, he’s not.”
The 33-year-old quarterback added he has no plans to the protest movement, but called it “peaceful and respectful.”
“I’m gonna stand because that’s the way I feel about the flag—but I’m also 100 percent supportive of my teammates or any fellow players who are choosing not to,” Rodgers told Kimes. “They have a battle for racial equality. That’s what they’re trying to get a conversation started around.”
He continued: “I think the best way I can say this is: I don’t understand what it’s like to be in that situation. What it is to be pulled over, or profiled, or any number of issues that have happened, that Colin was referencing—or any of my teammates have talked to me about.”
Rodgers went on to say he believes the country needs to “remedy and improve” racial equality and that he’s looking to develop his own understanding of the subject.