Martin Luther King III, a community activist and the oldest son of late civil rights hero Martin Luther King Jr., said in a recent interview that former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick would get back in the NFL “overnight” if fans decided to boycott the league.

In an interview with TMZ Sports released on Wednesday, the human rights advocate said, "What would change it overnight is if the public decided, 'Okay, we're not going to watch.'”

“But it’s a complicated situation, because what about the guys who are playing?” he continued. “That’s their jobs, 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.”


King said in the interview that he feels the football industry “blackballed” Kaepernick after the athlete began to protest police brutality by taking a knee before games.

However, he said there “may be some owners who are empathetic,” adding 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.

Kaepernick captured headlines last month after he shared a video showing him working out, saying he is “still ready” for an NFL comeback after being “denied work for 889 days.”

He became a target for President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE and his base after he became the first NFL player to protest racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the national anthem at games during the 2016 season. He has not had a job in the NFL since the end of that season.

He filed a grievance against the NFL in 2017, in which he accused team owners of colluding to keep him from having a job.

He and another player, Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid, reached a settlement with the NFL earlier this year to settle the grievance.

At one time, Kaepernick, who led the 49ers to the Super Bowl in February 2013, was the second-highest paid quarterback in the league.