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OJ Simpson inserts himself in Kaepernick buzz, warns former NFL player to be leery of ‘friends’

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O.J. Simpson offered some unsolicited advice to former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick ahead of his scheduled private workout.

Simpson wished the free-agent quarterback good luck with Saturday’s planned workout for NFL teams but warned him to watch out for his “friends” in a video he posted to Twitter on Thursday.

“I’m a guy that’s been through just about everything,” the Pro Football Hall of Famer said in the new video.  “And the one thing I’ve learned is that sometimes your friends, and I don’t doubt these are your friends, but sometimes they can say and do things that aren’t in your best interests.”

Kaepernick’s friend and former teammate, Brandon Marshall, spoke to TMZ Sports about the scheduled workout  saying, “It seems so fishy.”

“It could be disingenuous,” Marshall said. “It could be a PR stunt just to get away from the blackball talk.”

(Video: YouTube/TMZSports)

“There’s so many questions to this. That’s why everyone’s looking at it sideways. Like, what’s going on with this?” he added, questioning the workout that was confirmed by the National Football League.

Panthers safety Eric Reid thought the workout “feels like a PR stunt” by the league.

“We’ll see if it’s a real process,” Reid says. “We’ll see if it’s a real event.”

After being out of the league for 3 years following his infamous protest during the national anthem, Kaepernick hoped the workout in Atlanta Saturday would help him get back into the NFL. He spoke about the event on Twitter, expressing his excitement and saying he has been “ready for this for 3 years.”

Simpson suggested Kaepernick tell his friends to be quiet ahead of the event and speak for himself.

“You’re an intelligent guy, you should tell some of these friends, that you can speak for yourself,” he said in the video.  “In any event, that being said, go down to Atlanta and kick ass.”

Kaepernick has not been offered a contract by an NFL team since he took a knee during the national anthem in the 2016 season.

Nearly a dozen teams have been confirmed to attend Saturday’s event, including the Atlanta Falcons, Arizona Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots, New York Giants, New York Jets Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Washington Redskins.

While Kaepernick may welcome Simpson’s advice, or at least his support, many Twitter users were not so keen to hear from the former football star and convicted felon.

Frieda Powers


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