“You’re friends with the American football player Colin Kaepernick and supportive of him in the past,” the reporter asked. “What are your thoughts on his not being signed by an American football team this season?
“I don’t think I’ve ever spoken to him in my life,” Kyrgios replied.
“But what are your thoughts about that?” the reporter persisted.
“I mean, I don’t even … Where does that question even come from?” Kyrgios shot back. “We’re at the Australian Open, man.” Immediately afterward, Kyrgios ended the news conference.
Here’s the full awkward exchange:
The question was strange on a number of levels. First off, Kyrgios is Australian. Second, the Australian Open is, as you might have gathered from the name, played in Australia. Third, the Kaepernick saga is, for all intents, over and done with, as it’s highly unlikely one of the four remaining NFL playoff teams will pick him up at quarterback now. Fourth, this is, you know, tennis and not the NFL.
For the record, Kyrgios and Kaepernick do share an agent, but beyond that appear to have no public connection. Clearly, the reporter was looking for some kind of statement, but got nothing beyond an awkward little story.
____ Jay Busbee is a writer for Yahoo Sports. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org or find him on Twitter or on Facebook.