A former San Diego Chargers' player and now pastor says that given the sometimes tense relationship between police and underserved communities, he understands where San Franciso 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick is coming from.
In an interview with NBC 7, Terrell Fletcher says he supports Kaepernick's message but disagrees with the methodology.
But more importantly, Fletcher says we need to ask ourselves why Kaepernick's refusal to stand during the National Anthem has struck a nerve.
"He has taken an opportunity with his social stance to interrupt us in a place where we don't want to deal with social issues," said Fletcher.
Fletcher also says Kaepeenick's message is probably getting lost because of his methodology, but Fletcher is also challenging all of us to take a closer look at why this is so upsetting to so many.
"Are we getting lost in the methodology because we 'want' to get lost in the methodology?," he asked. "Is it an easier conversation for us to talk about him not standing for the National Anthem as opposed to having a conversation about the realites and solutions of some of our marginalized brothers and sisters."
Fletcher was the Runningback for the San Diego Chargers for eight seasons until 2002.