JR responds to Kap's critics.
JR Smith voiced his opinion about athletes speaking down on other athletes today, just one day after Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said Colin Kaepernick is an OK football player who isn't really worth the distraction he brings.
Speaking to reporters yesterday, McCoy said,
"You just got to look at all sides, like if I'm an owner, or the GM of a team, do I want to put him on my team? Is he good enough to be on the squad, to even deal with everything that's going on? That's something that I don't really partake in," McCoy said.
"Take a guy like Michael Vick who went through all that he went through. He's 10 times better than Kaepernick. So you'll deal with that situation. You'll deal with that attention, the media aspect of it, the good the bad attention to it compared to Kaepernick, he's really not that good of a player."
This morning, JR Smith sent out a series of tweets, clearing motivated by McCoy's comments, regarding athletes who have not spoken highly of Kaepernick. He advised them to keep their mouths shut, or at least say it to Kaepernick personally rather than in the media. He later reiterated his message in a video posted to Uninterrupted in which Smith says, "We don't need to bring each other down."
Roughly 1,000 Kaepernick supporters rallied outside of the NFL's headquarters in New York City on Wednesday night, demanding that the free agent QB be signed by the start of the NFL's regular season just three weeks from now. JR, who has made it clear that he's with Kap, retweeted an ESPN article about the rally, as well as several other tweets containing images and footage of Kaepernick supporters.
Check out JR's comments below, courtesy of Uninterrupted, followed by his series of tweets.
I've been a professional athlete since '04 an I've never understood speaking down on another person/athlete to the media.— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2017
We all might not see eye to eye but we are all in the same boat. For one if that person you talking about isn't present you should say shit.— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2017
Talking about or around people not now nor ever been was cool.But that's just me.If you got something to say about me tell me not the media.— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2017
A persons situation is their situation. Who gives you the right to speak on "their situation" idk if they asked you! You don't have to speak— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2017
On it. Speak on your talent an your teams talent to go out an win. Don't ask me about another man/woman in their situation.— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2017
At the end of the day we know what's going on. An if you not going to keep it 💯than keep ya mouth closed period.— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2017
Dear media don't ask me about other people an they situation I'll speak on myself an my team getting better an trying to win! Keep the rest!— JR Smith (@TheRealJRSmith) August 25, 2017