In an exclusive interview with Bloomberg News Thursday, Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James claims the NFL still owes former quarterback Colin Kaepernick an "official apology" for how the league handled his protest against police brutality nearly four years ago.
"As far as the NFL, I'm not in those locker rooms. I'm not with those guys," James said. "But I do understand that an apology, I have not heard a true, official apology to Colin Kaepernick on what he was going through and what he was trying to tell the NFL and tell the world about why he was kneeling."
Kaepernick has not played in the NFL since 2016, when he kneeled during the national anthem.
Earlier this month, the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell said they were "wrong for not listening" to players' protests against racial injustice.
Despite the league's apology, James still doesn't think it's enough. He believes Kaepernick deserves a direct apology from the NFL and its commissioner.
"Now they are listening some, but I still think we have not heard that official apology to a man who basically sacrificed everything for the better of this world," James added.