Unlike some of his quarterback peers, Tom Brady didn’t take a stand on Colin Kaepernick remaining unsigned with the NFL season underway.
In recent weeks, quarterbacks like Green Bay Packers’ Aaron Rodgers and Carolina Panthers’ Cam Newton have said they believe Kaepernick should be on an NFL roster.
Asked on Monday by WEEI’s “Kirk and Callahan” about whether he’s “paid much attention” to Kaepernick’s situation, Brady said he hasn’t paid “much” attention.
“Not much. Not much,” Brady said. “Not this time of year. My attention goes in a lot of places, so not much.”
Brady was asked if he had a good relationship with Kaepernick, particularly as one of the leaders in the NFL quarterback fraternity. Brady said he didn’t have much of a relationship with Kaepernick at all.
“I don’t know Colin very well at all,” Brady said. “I’ve never really had a conversation with him.”
The Patriots and 49ers last played in 2012, the same year Kaepernick was becoming a breakout star in the NFL. Due to the schedule, however, it’s possible Brady and Kaepernick have not seen each other since that game.
Of course, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Brady also didn’t readily take a stance. Brady is usually mum on current affairs and drew both headlines and criticism for choosing not to reveal much about his friendship with President Donald Trump. When asked specifically about politics or Trump’s policies Brady often said he hadn’t been paying attention.
Still, at a time when defending Kaepernick — particularly after some lacklustre quarterback play in Week 1 — is not necessarily a controversial stance in the NFL, it is a little surprising to see Brady defer.
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