NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown became the second black athlete this week to speak out against Colin Kaepernick’s form of protesting.
On the heels of former boxing champion George Foreman saying that the free agent football player was not patriotic, Brown offered his insight.
But Brown was not happy with how the controversial quarterback choose to protest, by kneeling for the National Anthem.
“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” he said. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
Brown indicated that Kaepernick’s decision to sit out the National Anthem did more to harm his cause than to help it.
“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player,” Brown told The Post Game. “Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money. …
“You have to understand there’s intelligence that’s involved, OK? I can’t be two things at once that contradict each other. If I sign for money, then the people I sign with, they have rules and regulations.”
Brown’s comments drew praise on social media.
Jim I knew you were out there You have been the MAN my whole life thank you GREATEST Football 🏈 player ever
— Joe (@jmore85088) August 25, 2017
Mr Brown is def a great American and iconic sports hero. Semper Fi
— George (@hdtech10) August 25, 2017
Jim Brown is a True Patriot!
— Elena Franklin (@ejnjesse4) August 25, 2017
Jim brown is a gentleman patriot America and athlete.
— ann (@anndixon3) August 25, 2017
Mr Jim Brown shows great dignity & a wealth of knowledge, he’s a cornerstone of the @NFL & race relations in America. We all should listen.
— Nuc Navy TN⚓ (@JHLewis5) August 25, 2017
Good for Jim Brown. Stepping up and showing these guys how to be a role model. Just hoping their generation remembers u and things u did 4em
— Thomas Murphy (@realTomMurphyy) August 25, 2017
Why can’t ALL players think like great Jim Brown? Does young=dumb? Kaepernick deserves nothing. Besides having backup skills, he’s an idiot
— JBClemson 🐾 🇺🇸 (@jbclemson) August 25, 2017
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