An NFL team signing Colin Kaepernick would show that the league is serious in tackling racial inequality, Seattle Seahawks ball carrier Carlos Hyde said on Monday.
According to ESPN, Hyde was a Kaepernick teammate while the two were on the San Francisco 49ers from 2014 to 2016. Hyde addressed the league by signing the free agent’s quarterback during a teleconference with journalists.
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“I think the NFL can start by signing Kap again,” said Hyde. “I think if they sign Kap again, it will show that they are really trying to go in a different direction. Because Kap was making a statement four years ago about what’s going on in the world today and the NFL didn’t bother to listen to it at the time, so I think they should start by doing that. After that, I’m not really sure what the NFL can do. ”
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Hyde said he did not kneel during the national anthem and does not plan to do it unless “it is something the team wants to do and our team decides that as team we’re going to protest together, so I’m with the team all the time. ”
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Hyde spent last season with the Houston Texans. He rushed for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns.