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Ken Griffey Jr.

My Son Chose Football

... And I'm Cool With It

10/10/2013 5:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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His FATHER was a baseball star. HE was a baseball star. But Ken Griffey Jr.'s son WON'T carry on the MLB legacy 'cause he chose football instead ... and KG2 tells TMZ he's totally cool with it.

Turns out, Ken's kid Trey Griffey is a freshman wide receiver for the University of Arizona ... and Ken's in L.A. to watch the Wildcats take on USC tonight.
 
But when we asked if he was a little disappointed that his 6'3", 190 pound kid won't be following in his Major League footsteps, Ken gave a pretty heartfelt reply.

"He loves football ... and as a parent, I've got to be supportive of that," Ken told us ... adding, "You can't tell your child what to love and not to love."

But that's not all ... we also asked Ken about his kid's chances of making the NFL, if he considers himself the greatest HR hitter of his generation, and his encounter with Charlie Sheen.

Cool guy -- check out the clip.

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Me Too    

Sounds like a cool dad. Go Junior!!

288 days ago
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Anthonynyadira    

Awesome... Way to support your kid and his dreams

288 days ago
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Phoenicks    

If you eliminate PEDs, Junior Griffey is the greatest player of the last 40 years

288 days ago
4.

Dead account Delete at will    

Baseball from my point of view.
Ah great they have baseball on or what I'd like to call "catch" because lets face it. 99% of the time were watching two grown men play catch while they talk about a line of other men. One will occasionally hit the ball to which a high degree its, fouled or out before he gets to first. I think the crowds cheer so hard and loud because when something happens their all so happy something just anything happened other than catch they scream. Masterbaiting with sandpaper is more enjoyable. Baseball is the most boring sport invented.
scratch scratch wiggle wiggle adjust cup spit twist foot pretend there isn't spit on the lip look around scratch remove wedgie twist foot spit look again shake head wring hands scratch shake head other way adjust cup twist foot throw ball catch crowd cheers balls tossed back repeat

288 days ago
5.

Humannature    

Baseball Sucks.

288 days ago
6.

Carl    

If I was his son I wouldn't go into baseball. Too many comparisons to a superstar father are bad. Trying to do what his dad did (be an all star AND be a better ball player than his pro baseball playing father) is just too much pressure.

288 days ago
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Tony Love    

baseball is the best sport ever, all you haters can dis it all u want, it's the national pastime and I would watch the World Series any day over that joke of a Super Bowl. A home Run is much more exciting than a touchdown and Griffey is King of his era with 630 HR he's 6th on the all time list. Only rivaled by #1 Bonds and A-Rod #5. Walk off dinger for the win!

288 days ago
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tgrfan42069    

i hope AZ drills usc.cant stand southern cal

288 days ago
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KicksandGiggles    

Awesome :) But 190 pounds in the NFL, depending upon the position, the kid may want to keep his bat and ball polished as a back up. Good Luck!!!!

288 days ago
10.

BobbyLight    

KGJr was and is my favorite player of all time. Even growing up in NY with a family of DIE-HARD Yankee fans, he was who i modeled my swing after in little-league, JV, and all throughout high school baseball. It's good to know his kids are athletes like his family has been for generations. It's great to see some media coverage of him again. Good job TMZ on the questions and the footage.

288 days ago
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Amanda    

Geez TMZ, did you study your baseball facts just before Junior got there? You sound ridiculous with your baseball 'knowledge'!

288 days ago
12.

notta    

There is a guy who put up real numbers and did it legit. Unlike the other s*** bags.

288 days ago
13.

EnquirerLover    

Got to be proud. Kid is multi talented. He is making is own mark in sports now. Go Trey!

288 days ago
14.

smurfya    

The difference between football and baseball is that football is a sport, baseball is a game.

288 days ago
15.

NOT ELMO    

sports suck...

288 days ago
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