Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is bucking the common opinion on the right against former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick with a statement Monday about the controversial player.
Here's what he said
TMZ found Rubio at an airport and asked him to comment on whether Kaepernick deserves to be on an NFL team this upcoming season, and if owners had colluded against him.
"Well, I don't know what the owners did," the senator answered. "I think he's certainly... what is it... 64 quarterbacks in the NFL? There aren't 63 people better than him."
Rubio made it clear that he didn't agree with Kaepernick's opinion. "That's a good question to ask. Look, I support his right to stand for what he does," he explained. "I don't agree with what he did but I support his right to do it."
"But if we're just talking football," he added, "I mean, there's a dearth of good quarterbacks, and he's certainly, there aren't 63 better quarterbacks in the world."
Kaepernick began a nationwide debate after he began using his status as an NFL quarterback to protest what he perceived to be racially motivated police brutality and officer-involved shootings. Kaepernick became a lightning rod of controversy as other players joined his protest to kneel as the national anthem played before each NFL game.
Watch the video from TMZ below:
Senator Rubio is an avid Miami Dolphins fan - his wife is a former Miami Dolphins cheerleader.
"There's just not..." he concluded in the TMZ video, "God didn't make enough quarterbacks!"