WWE Hall Of Famer Booker T was recently interviewed by S.I.’s Extra Mustard blog and spoke about Randy Orton’s comments on his “Heated Conversations” podcast about the national anthem controversy surrounding NFL star Colin Kaepernick.
“Just for a minute, Randy Orton took a step back and said, ‘Maybe I don’t know what people are going through because I’m not walking in their shoes’. You can speculate, but until you have walked in those shoes, you just don’t know. People should step back and look at this, even for a minute, from someone else’s perspective—and listen. Then come up with a conclusion after you’ve actually sat and talked about it, instead of making your decision before you even sit down.”
The promoter of the Houston, Texas based Reality Of Wrestling (ROW) promotion also shared his thoughts regarding the Republican candidate for United States president, Donald Trump, and the racism controversy that has surrounded him throughout the ongoing election.
“The election is definitely hanging in the balance. Donald Trump has said a lot of inflammatory comments that a lot of people don’t like, but people can sometimes speak from a racist standpoint and not really know they are racist. It’s like when white people want to speak on slavery, maybe they should take a step back and say, ‘Maybe I don’t understand what you’re going through,’ or have the empathy to look at race from a different position.
“Personally, I’m not a Republican and I’m not a Democrat. People need to stop focusing on becoming part of a party and instead voting with their mind and their heart. If [Republican] Paul Ryan was running for president, there are some views of his that I like, so I could vote for Paul Ryan. If Bernie Sanders, who is a Democrat, won the nomination, I could have voted for Bernie Sanders. I’m going to vote because it is my duty. People fought for me to have that right.”
Check out the complete Booker T interview at SI.com.