On Monday, Florida Senator Marco Rubio said police-protesting former professional quarterback Colin Kaepernick deserves a spot on an NFL team.
A reporter for TMZ Sports asked Senator Rubio his thoughts on the conspiracy that NFL owners allegedly “colluded” to keep the former 49ers quarterback out of the league.
“Well, I don’t know what the owners did,” answered Rubio. “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 said he didn’t agree with Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem before games but acknowledged that he has a 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,” he said. “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.”
He then expressed dismay over Kaepernick remaining unsigned and suggested he deserved to be a on team. “I don’t understand it,” he said of the QB being out of the league, “people don’t sign people for a lot of different reasons.”
“Do you think we’ll ever get a chance to see him in the NFL, or he deserves it?” the TMZ reporter followed up.
“Yeah, I do,” replied the senator. “God didn’t make enough quarterbacks, ya know? So he’s gonna get a shot if he wants one.”
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.