Benjamin Watson is a starting tight end for the NFL's New Orleans Saints, an outspoken Christian – and now a newly published author.
Almost a year ago, in the aftermath of the grand jury decision on the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, Watson posted a lengthy Facebook message expressing his frustration, his fear, his confusion – but also his belief that "the problem is not a SKIN problem, it is a SIN problem."
In his new book, Under Our Skin, the 12-year veteran expounds on his social media post as he addresses what he see as the real cause of racial tension in the U.S.
"What I'm saying is yes, we do have a problem when it comes to how we see each other, the color of our skin, how we treat each other," he says. "But ultimately, under that we all have an issue called sin that we have to deal with.
"We need a changed heart," he continues, "and from that we can look at our brothers and sisters no matter what color they are and see them with the love of Christ and treat them accordingly because our heart has been changed – not necessarily just the rules and regulations governing how we treat each other."
Watson, who made his comments in an interview Friday with Fox News, is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he played under head coach Mark Richt, who also speaks openly of his faith in Christ.
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