He convinced the QB to stop sitting — and start kneeling.
Americans love their flag. Their football. And rewriting history. To some, Colin Kaepernick represents a misguided revolt — supported by raging separatists whose call against systemic oppression translates into anti-patriotism and American hatred. To others, he’s an American hero. Not showing a heartfelt, passionate Yankee acknowledgment during the national anthem was seen as a heartless act of self-promotion, however peaceful the demonstration was. In support of highlighting social injustices, Kaepernick opted to sit during the anthem. Initially, provoking anger, which shortly transformed into understanding, in Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret and college football player. Boyer decided to reach out to Kaepernick. In an exercise and example of diplomacy, Kaepernick accepted the call and conversation.
After meeting with Kaepernick in a hotel lobby, the two men forged an unlikely alliance. Boyer, a proud military man — understood, and at some level, empathized with Kaepernick's intentions, and the plight of marginalized communities combating deeply rooted racism, practiced at the hands of those paid to enforce the law. In an effort to build solidarity, Boyer suggested Kaepernick take a knee instead of sitting during the anthem. Kaepernick obliged, forever cementing his name on the Mount Rushmore of athletes who put it all on the line for social change.
Watch below, as Boyer explains the origins of the great compromise: