Tom Brady on Kneeling in the NFL: Empathy Is Essential to Sports

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This past NFL season, one of the biggest stories in the nation was players choosing to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice. Indeed, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady locked arms with his teammates in solidarity as several teammates took a knee before a game. Here, Tom reveals to Oprah how the kneeling issue sparked "good, healthy conversations" in his locker room, and opens up about his own approach to such a sensitive matter.

"Everyone comes from something different," Tom says. "In a locker room, with a team of guys trying to go in the same direction, you better have that empathy for everybody. That's what sports are about."

Tune in to the special episode of Super Soul Sunday featuring a conversation between Oprah and Tom Brady on Sunday, June 17, at 11 a.m. PT/ET on OWN. Plus, listen to their conversation on Oprah's podcast, Oprah's Super Soul Conversations. Part 1 will be available Monday, June 18, and Part 2 will be available Wednesday, June 20. You can find both on Apple Podcasts.