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Kaepernick, Kobe sightings at the US Open

The Nike athletes were cheering on Naomi Osaka from her box in her second-round match

5:14 PMIf the suddenly quarterback-challenged Indianapolis Colts wanted to find another quarterback before the season starts, they could have scouted him out at the US Open on Thursday.

That’s where Colin Kaepernick spent his afternoon at Louis Armstrong Stadium, behind Kobe Bryant, to watch top-seeded Naomi Osaka in her second-round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day 4 of the Grand Slam tournament.

Both Kaepernick and Bryant sat in Osaka’s box on the sunny side of Armstrong Stadium, loudly cheering on their fellow Nike athlete. When an image of Kaepernick, rocking a new, free-flowing hairstyle, was shown on the screen during the first set, he was met with mostly cheers from the crowd, with a few scattered boos.

While all three rep the same shoe company, Osaka said Thursday was the first time she had met Kaepernick, who attended the US Open with Eric Reid last year to watch a match between Venus and Serena Williams.

Osaka, who has known Bryant for some time, said she wanted “to play well” in front of her star-studded box.

“Last year compared to this year, there is no way Kobe would sit in my box,” Osaka said, smiling. “Kaepernick, too. It’s just funny who you run into in life.”

Former NBA player Kobe Bryant watches a Women’s Singles second round match between Naomi Osaka of Japan Magda Linette of Poland on day four of the 2019 US Open. Bryant has been promoting his new tennis-themed fantasy novel, ‘Legacy and the Queen.’

Al Bello/Getty Images

That’s what happens when you become a two-time Grand Slam champion, which Osaka accomplished by following her US Open win in New York last year with the Australian Open title in January.

Bryant, who is expected to appear in the ESPN booth on Thursday night during the Coco Gauff match, was in New York for an appearance earlier in the day for Net Generation.

“Everybody knows Kobe gives me real-life advice,” Osaka said. “He’s someone I look up to as an athlete and also as a person. I’m really grateful that I even have the opportunity to talk to him.”

Osaka, with her win on Thursday, will play the winner of the Thursday evening match between Gauff and Timea Babos.

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5:14 PMIf the suddenly quarterback-challenged Indianapolis Colts wanted to find another quarterback before the season starts, they could have scouted him out at the US Open on Thursday.

That’s where Colin Kaepernick spent his afternoon at Louis Armstrong Stadium, behind Kobe Bryant, to watch top-seeded Naomi Osaka in her second-round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day 4 of the Grand Slam tournament.

Both Kaepernick and Bryant sat in Osaka’s box on the sunny side of Armstrong Stadium, loudly cheering on their fellow Nike athlete. When an image of Kaepernick, rocking a new, free-flowing hairstyle, was shown on the screen during the first set, he was met with mostly cheers from the crowd, with a few scattered boos.

While all three rep the same shoe company, Osaka said Thursday was the first time she had met Kaepernick, who attended the US Open with Eric Reid last year to watch a match between Venus and Serena Williams.

Osaka, who has known Bryant for some time, said she wanted “to play well” in front of her star-studded box.

“Last year compared to this year, there is no way Kobe would sit in my box,” Osaka said, smiling. “Kaepernick, too. It’s just funny who you run into in life.”

Former NBA player Kobe Bryant watches a Women’s Singles second round match between Naomi Osaka of Japan Magda Linette of Poland on day four of the 2019 US Open. Bryant has been promoting his new tennis-themed fantasy novel, ‘Legacy and the Queen.’

Al Bello/Getty Images

That’s what happens when you become a two-time Grand Slam champion, which Osaka accomplished by following her US Open win in New York last year with the Australian Open title in January.

Bryant, who is expected to appear in the ESPN booth on Thursday night during the Coco Gauff match, was in New York for an appearance earlier in the day for Net Generation.

“Everybody knows Kobe gives me real-life advice,” Osaka said. “He’s someone I look up to as an athlete and also as a person. I’m really grateful that I even have the opportunity to talk to him.”

Osaka, with her win on Thursday, will play the winner of the Thursday evening match between Gauff and Timea Babos.

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5:14 PMIf the suddenly quarterback-challenged Indianapolis Colts wanted to find another quarterback before the season starts, they could have scouted him out at the US Open on Thursday.

That’s where Colin Kaepernick spent his afternoon at Louis Armstrong Stadium, behind Kobe Bryant, to watch top-seeded Naomi Osaka in her second-round match against Magda Linette of Poland on Day 4 of the Grand Slam tournament.

Both Kaepernick and Bryant sat in Osaka’s box on the sunny side of Armstrong Stadium, loudly cheering on their fellow Nike athlete. When an image of Kaepernick, rocking a new, free-flowing hairstyle, was shown on the screen during the first set, he was met with mostly cheers from the crowd, with a few scattered boos.

While all three rep the same shoe company, Osaka said Thursday was the first time she had met Kaepernick, who attended the US Open with Eric Reid last year to watch a match between Venus and Serena Williams.

Osaka, who has known Bryant for some time, said she wanted “to play well” in front of her star-studded box.

“Last year compared to this year, there is no way Kobe would sit in my box,” Osaka said, smiling. “Kaepernick, too. It’s just funny who you run into in life.”

Former NBA player Kobe Bryant watches a Women’s Singles second round match between Naomi Osaka of Japan Magda Linette of Poland on day four of the 2019 US Open. Bryant has been promoting his new tennis-themed fantasy novel, ‘Legacy and the Queen.’

Al Bello/Getty Images

That’s what happens when you become a two-time Grand Slam champion, which Osaka accomplished by following her US Open win in New York last year with the Australian Open title in January.

Bryant, who is expected to appear in the ESPN booth on Thursday night during the Coco Gauff match, was in New York for an appearance earlier in the day for Net Generation.

“Everybody knows Kobe gives me real-life advice,” Osaka said. “He’s someone I look up to as an athlete and also as a person. I’m really grateful that I even have the opportunity to talk to him.”

Osaka, with her win on Thursday, will play the winner of the Thursday evening match between Gauff and Timea Babos.