Florida Senator Marco Rubio had a very surprising take on Monday when it comes to former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserving a spot on an NFL roster.
While speaking with a TMZ Sports reporter, Rubio was asked what he thought about NFL owners allegedly “colluding” to keep Kaepernick out of the NFL.
“Well, I don’t know what the owners did,” Rubio replied. “I think he’s certainly — what is it, 64 quarterbacks in the NFL? There aren’t 63 people better than him. That’s a good question to ask.”
Rubio acknowledged that while he disagrees with Kaepernick kneeling during the anthem, he did admit that it is his right to do so. “Look, I support his right to stand for what he does. I don’t agree with what he did but I support his right to do it. But if we’re just talking football, I mean, there’s a dearth of good quarterbacks, and he’s certainly, there aren’t 63 better quarterbacks in the world.”
After that he voiced displeasure about Kaepernick remaining unsigned and suggested that he should be on an NFL roster. “I don’t understand it,” Rubio said about the former NFL quarterback being out of the league,”people don’t sign people for a lot of different reasons.”
The TMZ reporter followed up with, “Do you think we’ll ever get a chance to see him in the NFL, or he deserves it?”
“Yeah, I do, Rubio replied. “God didn’t make enough quarterbacks, ya know? So he’s gonna get a shot if he wants one.”
Per Daily Wire:
Kaepernick began stirring up controversy in the NFL when he publicly trashed police officers for alleged systemic racism and refused to stand during the playing of the national anthem before games. The QB was even spotted sporting socks during practice that depicted cops as pigs.
Much of the American public viewed the protest as disrespectful to those who’ve fought and died for our freedoms. The spectacle further divided the country and the NFL reportedly took a hit in business because of it, while ratings for the NFL dramatically declined.
While Rubio is strongly against kneeling for the anthem, he admits that it is his Constitutional right to do so. He could have pointed out it is also the owners right to not put Kaepernick on a team.
Check out some of the reactions from Twitter:
Why Marco Rubio is not POTUS and NEVER WILL BE. No body “BELONGS” in ANY occupation or profession. You EARN your way in. Beside, playing on the NFL is not a right. No one is taking his right’s away. RESPECT for our flag still apparently MATTERS to fans. https://t.co/l0E8p0KtNG
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) May 22, 2018
@Talkmaster Neal did you see that your fav beta male politician Marco Rubio thinks Colin Kaepernick should be playing in the NFL?
— Doug Mills (@Coloradougie) May 22, 2018
GOP Sen. Marco Rubio broke with #Trump and said that he supports Colin @Kaepernick7 right to protest during the national anthem, adding that the free agent deserves to be in the @NFL: "There aren't 63 better quarterbacks in the world." https://t.co/FbPs4h239V
— NoJusticiaNoPaz (@NoJusticia) May 22, 2018