Nate Boyer, a former Texas football player and United States Army Green Beret, has sent a message to everyone regarding the national anthem.
The 39-year-old military veteran helped Colin Kaepernick kneel for the national anthem back in 2016. Boyer told Kaepernick that kneeling for the national anthem was a better sign of respect than sitting on the bench, which the quarterback did at first.
We’ve come a long way since Kaepernick’s protest in 2016. Athletes across the country have kneeled for the national anthem this year. The majority of the NBA’s players and coaches kneeled for the national anthem during games this week.
Boyer sent a message to everyone discussing the national anthem.
“YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNEEL TO JOIN THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAND TO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT…” he wrote. “Damn y’all, c’mon! It’s been 4 years.”
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO KNEEL TO JOIN THE FIGHT FOR RACIAL EQUALITY IN THIS COUNTRY
YOU DO NOT HAVE TO STAND TO LOVE THIS COUNTRY AND THOSE THAT FOUGHT FOR IT…
Damn y’all, c’mon! It’s been 4 years 🇺🇸
— Nate Boyer (@NateBoyer37) August 2, 2020
Turner Sports analyst Charles Barkley had a similar message on Thursday night.
“The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people,” Barkley said. “I’m glad these guys are all unified, but if people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear.”
Barkley added: “I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy that doesn’t want to kneel or the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”