Former Green Beret, UT player Nate Boyer stood by Kaepernick during national anthem

Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret and NFL longsnapper, showed his support for Colin Kaepernick on Thursday after meeting with the 49ers QB — and even standing next to him during the national anthem. The two spoke before the game, Boyer told the NFL Network, and Boyer encouraged Kaepernick to kneel — rather than sit — during the anthem.

“I think he took a step forward today,” Boyer said. “He didn’t sit on the bench … he invited me to come down and just meet with him. And just talk about things. And how to do something.”

Boyer, who competed for a job on the Seahawks last year, wrote an open letter in The Army Times earlier this week to Kaepernick about his decision not to stand during the anthem.

“I’m not judging you for standing up for what you believe in. It’s your inalienable right. What you are doing takes a lot of courage, and I’d be lying if I said I knew what it was like to walk around in your shoes. I’ve never had to deal with prejudice because of the color of my skin, and for me to say I can relate to what you’ve gone through is as ignorant as someone who’s never been in a combat zone telling me they understand what it’s like to go to war,” he wrote.

“Even though my initial reaction to your protest was one of anger, I’m trying to listen to what you’re saying and why you’re doing it. When I told my mom about this article, she cautioned me that ‘the last thing our country needed right now was more hate.’ As usual, she’s right.”


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