Former NFL long snapper and U.S. Army Green Beret Nate Boyer thinks free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick could be the next Martin Luther King Jr. if he can embrace his opposers and listen to them.
When Kaepernick sat for the national anthem in 2016, Boyer met with the then-San Francisco 49er and convinced him to kneel instead of sitting.
“[Kaepernick] could be the face of something,” Boyer told BBC. “He could be an activist and really move this conversation forward if he’s willing to continue to listen and be open-minded and embrace police officers and embrace those that disagree with him and love them — much like Martin Luther King did.”
He continued, “His message was always about love through all this hate, even though he had a mission, he an opinion, clearly, but it was always about love, and that’s why he’s an icon and a legend. And I think Colin has that potential to be something like that, you know.”
Since protesting the national anthem, Kaepernick has defended former Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro, worn socks picturing pigs as police officers and his girlfriend suggested the Baltimore Ravens owner was a slave owner when the team signed another quarterback to a backup role instead of Kaepernick.
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