Legendary NFL great Jim Brown has never lacked courage, and the 82-year-old Hall of Fame player still exhibits that strength today.
Brown, who became an outspoken civil rights activist after his playing career, threw his support behind President Donald Trump, knowing in today’s divisive times “that would make me very unpopular in the black community.”
Brown was asked if he was “concerned” about “the message coming from the White House” during an interview on the “JT The Brick Show,” aired on Fox Sports Radio, according to TMZ.
The former player said it was “hard to know the good guys and the bad guys,” before sharing how he felt about the president.
“I should be criticizing Trump on every level because he does certain things that call for criticism,” Brown began. “But when I look at television I see all these announcers become experts and they’re pointing the fingers and they’re not doing a doggone thing but pointing their fingers, I find myself really pulling for the president.”
And make no mistake, Brown is impressed with Trump because of what he’s getting done.
“Now, that would make me very unpopular in the black community, very unpopular with a lot of Americans,” he said of supporting Trump. “But I think that there are certain good things that are coming out of this presidency because we’ve never seen anything like it.”
Brown was clear about his pride in America and in being seen as a good American.
“I believe that I have to work on myself first to be as good a person as I could be to back up my country as best as I know how,” he said.
In regard to NFL players who choose to take a knee during the national anthem as a means to protest, Brown said earlier this month he respects their rights to do what they want but that he would “never” kneel.
“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” he said before HBO’s premiere of “Hard Knocks,” which is following his Cleveland Browns in training camp this year.
Brown has expressed admiration for Trump before, after participating in a Dec. 2016 meeting with then president-elect Trump.
“[I] fell in love with [Trump] because he really talks about helping African-American black people, and that’s why I’m here,” he said during an appearance on CNN.