Biographer criticizes Republicans for using Pat Tillman's memory to attack Kaepernick
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A biographer who profiled Pat Tillman says the U.S. soldier and former NFL star, 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 the demonstrations.

Jon Krakauer told The Washington Post that Republicans — such as Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinTrump allies want Congress to find anonymous op-ed author House Republicans ask Trump to declassify Carter Page surveillance docs Biographer criticizes Republicans for using Pat Tillman's memory to attack Kaepernick MORE (N.Y.) — who have used Tillman's sacrifice to attack Nike's selection of Kaepernick as the face of the company's "Just Do It" campaign have an inaccurate view of Tillman's politics.

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"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 comments came after Zeldin said Tillman would have been a "better choice" to headline Nike's campaign.

The New York lawmaker and other Republicans pointed to Tillman as an example of an American who had truly sacrificed everything, a shot at Nike and Kaepernick for the ad's slogan, which hints at the career sacrifices Kaepernick has endured following his protests during the national anthem.

Kaepernick's protests inspired dozens of other players to also take a knee during the national anthem's performance before games, an issue that drove the league into confrontation with President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: Dems playing destructive 'con game' with Kavanaugh Several Yale Law classmates who backed Kavanaugh call for misconduct investigation Freedom Caucus calls on Rosenstein to testify or resign MORE last year.

Trump and other Republicans have called on the league to punish the players who have participated in the protests against police brutality and racism, calling the demonstrations an attack on the military or service members.