But, beyond what Carroll has done by accusing NFL owners of doing the same thing he’s taken part in for over a decade, the other reason why he’s the worst messenger for this message is that he’s a repeat offender.


“Does that guy deserve a second shot? I think he does,” Carroll said about Colin Kaepernick last month.

But yet, despite him saying he’d be open to being a backup, posting footage from workouts with NFL receivers, and trying to make a team with a QB depth chart that features the dismal talents of Drew Lock, Jacob Eason, and Geno Smith, Carroll still hasn’t given Kaepernick the second chance he thinks he deserves.


“Still hopeful,” Kaepernick told The Athletic. “There’s been a lot of conversation around it. We’ve had conversations with Pete and John (Schneider) previously. As Pete mentioned, we’ve spoken recently and still hoping that door is open and get a chance to walk through it.”

Carroll is like a doorman who thinks someone should be allowed in a room, but won’t let the handle go so that they can get in.


This surface-level “wokeness” that some white people have adopted, and the convenience around their awakening to systemic racism and white supremacy since the happenings of George Floyd and 2020 far too often feel opportunistic, as its proof that many of them were always blatantly aware of the privileges they’ve inherited and the involvement they and the people around them played in it. They feel as if this moment has granted them a chance to finally speak out about it, but usually, it’s with hollow words.

If Pete Carroll wanted to change things for Black coaches — or Colin Kapernick — he would have done it already. But, he hasn’t. And that’s not my opinion. It’s a fact that Carroll has proven by his inaction.