Ex-Green Beret and former Seattle Seahawks long-snapper took a central role when Colin Kaepernick began his protest during the national anthem and with that issue now dividing the country, he’s doing so again.
Boyer penned an open letter published by ESPN on Friday that to President Donald Trump, Kaepernick, the NFL and every other American laying out a plan for action — calling on both sides to come together and find common ground to unify the country.
After initially criticizing Kaepernick, Boyer met with Kaepernick last year and ultimately supported his right to protest and helped him come to the compromise of kneeling with his teammates rather than sitting it out entirely. Now, he’s calling on a similar meeting between Kaepernick and Mr. Trump as the de facto leaders of the two sides of this issue.
“Colin Kaepernick and President Trump should be the ones uniting our country together. Wait…what? I know it sounds crazy, but maybe that’s exactly what we need to see,” Boyer wrote. “Maybe that’s how we start to heal. Two men sit in a room and talk, simple as that.”
He also published two separate correspondences with fellow Green Berets, one black and one white, laying out their opposing viewpoints on the issue. However, he made note of where the two decided there was common ground and hoped that civil discourse could bring the country to that place.
Ultimately, what Boyer is hoping to accomplish is easier said than done, but there’s no doubt that he comes from a good place and conversations like this are good for a divided nation.
The post Nate Boyer, ex-Green Beret and NFL player, pens letter to Trump, Kaepernick appeared first on All 22.