The tragic death of former NFL safety Pat Tillman is well documented, and it's still just as gut-wrenching today as it was 16 years ago. The Arizona State product famously put his pro football career on hold to serve in the United States Army following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
As we know, Tillman was killed by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004 at 27 years old. The former Arizona Cardinal's sheer patriotism would likely resonate with quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who has been ostracized from the league since kneeling during the national anthem to protest for equal rights.
For some reason, however, Republican senator candidate JT Lewis thinks otherwise, and NFL writer Mike Freeman absolutely destroyed him with a perfect response on Twitter.
This is spot-on from Freeman as his post serves as a needed reminder that Kaepernick wasn't intentionally disrespecting the flag. How many times does he need to say otherwise for folks to believe him? The former San Francisco 49ers star's silent protests were solely about racism and police brutality.
There's no denying that a number of war veterans took Kaepernick's actions personal and offensive, but anybody with half of a brain could recognize the magnitude of the atrocities he was speaking out against.
It really should have never come to this, but credit to Freeman for slamming Lewis' boneheaded take. Calling the Republican's comments out of line and erroneous would be an understatement, and he needed to be put in his place.