David Banks/Getty Images
Now he’s hoping to bring them together in real life.
The controversial rapper told TMZ he has contacted Kaepernick about meeting with POTUS at the White House.
“I’ve been calling Colin this morning, reaching him, so I can bring Colin to the White House and we can remove that ‘sons of bitches’ statement and we can be on the same page,” West said.
It’s unclear whether either side would be open to a meeting.
Trump has been the most prominent Kaepernick critic since Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest systemic racial injustice. Trump has called on the NFL to suspend or fire players who kneel during the anthem on multiple occasions and at one point called the players “sons of bitches.”
Trump’s public comments led to a widespread protest by NFL players last September. The president has also criticized the league numerous times for its handling of the controversy.
Kaepernick’s NFL career is likely over, thanks in large part to the protests. He went unsigned in 2017 and remains a free agent four weeks into the 2018 campaign. In his last NFL season, Kaepernick threw for 2,241 yards and 16 touchdowns against four interceptions—numbers that make him more than worthy of merit-based employment.
Kaepernick has been highly critical of Trump and is suing the NFL for collusion.
Kanye has been perhaps Trump’s most famous celebrity endorser, and his relationship with the president has drawn criticism.