Former Seattle Seahawks player and Green Beret Nate Boyer wanted to make something very clear on Sunday in regards to the American flag.
He said on Sunday that it wasn’t unpatriotic to kneel before the American flag.
He called it a “symbol of freedom and hope, not yet experienced by ALL”:
Boyer is famous for telling Colin Kaepernick to kneel instead of sit during the national anthem to protest racial injustice and police brutality.
“In my opinions and in my experience, kneeling’s never been in our history really seen as a disrespectful act,” Boyer told NPR in 2018. “I mean, people kneel when they get knighted. You kneel to propose to your wife, and you take a knee to pray. And soldiers often take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave to pay respects. So I thought, if anything, besides standing, that was the most respectful.”
Several NFL players have already confirmed they plan to kneel during the anthem, including Washington running back Adrian Peterson, Chicago Bears safety Jordan Lucas and Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield.