Tom Brady Opens Up To Oprah On The NFL's Kneeling Controversy

Brenda Watkins
June 17, 2018

Tom Brady has "respect" for the players who chose to take a knee during the national anthem before football games last season, the New England Patriots quarterback told Oprah Winfrey in an interview.

Brady has shown no signs of slowing down (he just won his third MVP award last season and led the Patriots to their eighth Super Bowl appearance during his career), despite the fact that he'll soon turn 41 years old.

Tom Brady clued us in a bit as he opened up in an interview with Oprah Winfrey, claiming the end is coming a lot "sooner rather than later", via Kevin Guregian of the Boston Herald.

The protests triggered fierce debates across the country, and criticism from President Trump.

The NFL feared more backlash from Trump and announced a new policy last month that requires players to stand during the anthem and will penalize teams if players take a knee on the field. "And I think showing respect for everybody is - you know, in a locker room with a team of guys trying to go in the same direction, you better have that empathy for everybody". "I've been in it for a long time".

Morocco vs. Iran final score
One more win over either Spain or Portugal and they'll likely be through to the knockout stage for the first time ever. Iran stole a game off Morocco when Morocco's Bouhaddouz scored a heartbreaking own goal in stoppage time.

Winfrey and Brady's Super Soul Sunday interview will air this Sunday, June 17 at 11 a.m. on OWN. "They can do things for their reasons and you have respect for that". And they're doing it for different reasons.

In 2016, former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began to kneel during the national anthem to bring awareness to social injustice issues. Cornerbacks Malcolm Butler and Stephon Gilmore were among those who chose to kneel, while Brady joined players that locked arms.

Brady said the Patriots had held meetings after practice on how to deal with the "particular situation at the time".

"I love having the, you know, to come home to someone that engages me every night, you know, she makes me laugh, oh my God", he said. "Like I said, I just want to support my teammates".

Considering that Brady's marriage to world-famous supermodel Gisele Bundchen is always drawing attention, Oprah asked Brady to go deep on his relationship.

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