Tom Brady on Colin Kaepernick: ‘I have no idea if he’s being blackballed’
Tom Brady on Monday morning weighed in on the Colin Kaepernick saga amid the news that “GQ Magazine” has named the unemployed quarterback its “Citizen of the Year.”
GQ’s 2017 Citizen of the Year: @Kaepernick7 https://t.co/NpVJbRg8dG #GQMOTY pic.twitter.com/At7UMZJaoG
— GQ Magazine (@GQMagazine) November 13, 2017
Brady admits he doesn’t know Kaepernick all that well outside of some interactions when the New England Patriots faced the San Francisco 49ers during Kaepernick’s time with the team. Brady had nothing but nice things to say about Kaepernick, although he stopped short of agreeing with the notion the quarterback is being blackballed by the NFL.
“I have no idea if he’s being blackballed,” Brady said of Kaepernick on WEEI radio, via the Boston Herald. “I’ve competed against him. I thought he was a damn good quarterback, and he’s played at a high level, brought his team to Super Bowls and you know, that’s how I feel about him.”
Kaepernick has yet to find a job after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers this past offseason. A widely held suspicion is that owners are reluctant to sign Kaepernick over potential backlash due to his social activism and how he was the harbinger of the controversial national anthem protest movement. Kaepernick has filed a lawsuit that aims to establish all 32 owners have colluded to keep him out of the NFL.
However, establishing league-wide collusion will be a difficult legal undertaking. However, Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said last month he had a “high degree of confidence” his client will prevail in the case. Geragos added a “smoking bun” exists to prove collusion.
The lawsuit and his arguably baffling continued existence in NFL purgatory aside, Kaepernick did take to Twitter shortly after GQ Magazine’s announcement to indicate he’s “honored to be recognized” as “Citizen of the Year.”
I'm honored to be recognized by @GQMagazine as Citizen of the Year. https://t.co/s6wBZTa6tH
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 13, 2017