A biographer who profiled Pat Tillman says the former NFL star turned U.S. soldier, who was killed by friendly fire in Iraq in 2004, would have found NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s protests against police brutality “admirable” and likely would have joined him in protest.
Jon Krakauer told The Washington Post that Republicans like Rep. Lee Zeldin (N.Y.), who have used Tillman’s sacrifice to attack Nike’s decision to make Kaepernick the face of the company’s new “Just Do It” campaign, have an inaccurate view of Tillman’s politics.
“Pat would have found Kaepernick an extremely admirable person for what he believed in,” Krakauer told the Post.
“I have no doubt if he was in the NFL today, he would be the first to kneel,” he added. “So there is irony about what is going on.”
Krakauer’s push back came after Zeldin said Tillman would have been a “better choice” to headline Nike’s campaign.
Other Republicans also pointed to Tillman as an example of an American who had truly sacrificed everything.