GMA Hosts Plead for NFL Team to Sign Kaepernick

NewsBusters | 4/26/2018 | Staff
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Following a full report on Thursday touting secret audio tapes of an October 2017 NFL meeting to discuss the League’s handling of national anthem protests, the hosts of ABC’s Good Morning America pleaded for a team to sign the player at the center of the controversy, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Reporting on the New York Times story about the recordings, ESPN correspondent Ryan Smith highlighted: “And for some players, the paper says the focus was on Colin Kaepernick. Openly asking why after two years the quarterback is still out of a job. Something he said he anticipated at the time.” Smith noted: “Eagles linebacker Chris Long reportedly speaking out at the meeting, saying, ‘We all agree in this room as players that he should be on a roster.’”

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As the segment wrapped up, GMA co-host and former NFL player Michael Strahan marveled: “It’s really amazing this came out.” Smith replied: “Yeah. And we’ll see if Kaepernick ends up on a team.” Exasperated co-host Robin Roberts declared: “Well, the draft is tonight and depending on where players end up – but come on, the guy – ” Strahan interjected: “He’s talented. He can still play football.”

Fellow co-host George Stephanopoulos agreed that Kaepernick was “Good enough to be on a roster.” Roberts insisted: “He’s more than good enough to be on a roster, yeah.” Smith pointed out: “And the players said so in that meeting.” Strahan concluded that he was “glad to hear them speak up.”

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While introducing the story, Stephanopoulos emphasized how team owners at the meeting also attacked President Trump: “You hear Patriots owner Robert Kraft criticizing his friend President Trump, calling his comments ‘divisive and horrible.’” Smith explained:

The three-hour huddle last October also in the wake of growing public hostility from fans. Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a friend and...
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