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Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones Talks Antonio Brown’s Colin Kaepernick Criticism, QB’s NFL Hopes

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Former NFL cornerback Adam “Pacman”
Jones said he sides with wide receiver Antonio Brown, who questioned
whether quarterback Colin Kaepernick is making a major charitable

Last week, Brown appeared on the Cigar
podcast and asked for evidence of Kaepernick’s success with his
Know Your Rights Camp, which was launched in 2016.

“He built a foundation,”
Brown said. “What it do, though? I’m being real. What superhero
he enforce? Who he put on? Who he help?”

Jones, who watched Kaepernick work out
as part of his NFL comeback efforts in April, told TMZ Sports in an
interview released Saturday it’s a fair line of criticism. He
specifically wondered about the money the former San Francisco 49ers
star received from his settlement agreement with the NFL in 2019 after he
filed a collusion lawsuit.

“As far as the community part, I
think AB is right,” Jones said. “We haven’t heard anything
that Kaep did for the community or given back to the community after
the settlement.”

The Know Your Rights Camp states on its
website more than 1,400 people have attended its camps in eight
different cities.

In July 2020, the organization
committed $1 million to work with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights
Foundation on community bail reform.

It also made $1.75 million in donations
toward several causes, including $800,000 for COVID-19 relief and
$500,000 for a legal defense initiative amid the Black Lives Matter
protests in 2020.

The Know Your Rights Camp lists several
other grants, ranging from $10,000 to $25,000.

Meanwhile, Jones disagreed with Brown
on the topic of whether Kaepernick, who last played during the 2016 season, is genuinely interested in trying
to play football again.

Brown said on Cigar Talk he
doesn’t believe the former Niners starter actually wants to compete, but Jones told TMZ he thinks the QB’s showcase workouts are

“I just think it’s hard for a guy
to fairy tale for two-and-a-half hours, three hours every day throwing the ball
if you don’t want to play,” Jones said. “I think he want to play. Do he deserve to play? That’s another question. But, do he
want to play? I do think he want to play.”

The 2015 Pro Bowler added Kaepernick
would only play in the NFL, however, and isn’t going to play in a
second-tier league with the hope of earning another shot that way.

For his part, Kaepernick explained last
month on the I Am Athlete podcast (via ESPN) he’d be willing to
accept a backup job to get on an NFL roster.

“I know I have to find my way back
in,” he said. “So, yeah, if I have to come in as a backup,
that’s fine. But that’s not where I’m staying. And when I prove that
I’m a starter, I want to be able to step on the field as such. I just
need that opportunity to walk through the door.”

So far, there’s been no suggestion he’s
generated serious interest from teams with a majority of free agency
and the 2022 draft now in the rear-view mirror.

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