In an op-ed published on CNN, Joe Lockhart, the former executive vice president of communications and government affairs for the NFL, spilled the tea on the interworkings of Kap’s exile. He maintains that NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and other league execs attempted to persuade owners to sign Kap to no avail. He also stated that Kap’s decision to protest the national anthem drew minimal backlash until President Punk Ass stoked the flames.

Lockhart then goes on to explain how having Kap in the league would negatively impact its bottom line and noted how one owner was interested in signing him but projected his team would lose roughly 20 percent of its season ticket holders.

That was a business risk no team was willing to take, whether the owner was a Trump supporter or a bleeding-heart liberal (yes, those do exist). As bad of an image problem it presented for the league and the game, no owner was willing to put the business at risk over this issue.

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