Martin Luther King III: If Fans Boycotted The NFL, Kaepernick Would Get Back In ‘Overnight’

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Written by Ann Brown
Martin Luther King III. Photo: TMZ video

Human rights activist Martin Luther King III, the eldest son of the late civil rights icon Martin Luther King Jr., feels Colin Kaepernick would get a position in the NFL “overnight” if fans boycotted the league.

King expressed this during an interview with TMZ Sports. He said: “What would change it overnight is if the public decided, ‘Okay, we’re not going to watch.’”

He continued: “But it’s a complicated situation, because what about the guys who are playing? That’s their job, that’s their livelihood, they don’t need to have to stop playing, but by the same token, I would say the majority of them, agree or empathize.”

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During the interview, King said that he feels the NFL “blackballed” Kaepernick after the athlete began to protest police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem.

King said there “may be some owners who are empathetic,” pointing out  that he had “heard that a couple of owners might employ him.”

“He certainly is one of the most talented quarterbacks even today, probably,” King said.

“There are times when you need a strategic quarterback who has a proven record, and certainly, Colin Kaepernick is one of those,” he added.

King served as the 4th President of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference from 1997 to 2004. He also established the Realizing the Dream organization in 2006, which later merged with The King Center. King has also dabbled in politics, and served as the county commission member in Fulton County, Georgia, for one term from 1987 to 1993. 

King has worked on an international scale promoting human rights, and “has served as an election monitor and observer in South Africa, Nigeria, and Kenya, and has conducted nearly 40 Poverty Study Tours, an undertaking which has sparked public debate and law enforcement advocacy on the issue of poverty,” according to Speakers Spotlight.

King is a co-founder of Bounce TV, the first independently owned and operated TV network featuring African-Americans.