This previous season, gamers throughout the NFL selected to kneel through the pre-game nationwide anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Though the league just lately banned kneeling during the national anthem, gamers like Tom Brady are nonetheless talking out in assist of teammates who took a knee.
Speaking with Oprah Winfrey throughout an upcoming interview for a SuperSoul Sunday episode and SuperSoul Conversations podcast, the five-time Super Bowl winner shared his perspective on the kneeling controversy, saying it sparked vital locker-room discussions among the many New England Patriots.
“I believe there have been quite a lot of good, actually wholesome conversations popping out of it in our locker room,” Brady says. “We had conferences after follow, speaking about we needed to, you already know, take care of that specific state of affairs on the time, taking a knee. We selected to lock arms.”
(Last September, greater than a dozen Patriots gamers kneeled through the nationwide anthem at a recreation in opposition to the Houston Texans. Brady and several other teammates stood and locked arms in solidarity.)
You’d higher have that empathy for everyone. That’s what sports activities are about.
“I respect why individuals are doing what they’re doing,” Brady continues. “We assist what individuals are going by means of.”
In his decades-long expertise enjoying soccer, Brady provides that he’s performed with individuals of all completely different backgrounds and that empathy for others is an important a part of any sport.
“I’ve been enjoying sports activities lengthy sufficient. Everyone comes from one thing completely different, and I believe displaying respect for everyone is ― in a locker room, in a crew with guys making an attempt to go in the identical course ― you’d higher have that empathy for everyone,” Brady says. “That’s what sports activities are about.”
The particular episode of SuperSoul Sunday that includes the complete dialog between Oprah and Tom Brady airs on Sunday, June 17, at 11 a.m. PT/ET on OWN.
You also can hearken to the dialog on Oprah’s podcast, Oprah’s SuperSoul Conversations. Part 1 will probably be out there Monday, June 18, and Part 2 will probably be out there Wednesday, June 20.