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Jim Brown Unloads on Kaepernick Protest: I Won’t Stand for Desecration of Flag and National Anthem

The credentials of NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown are unquestionable when it comes to both professional football and activism on behalf of African-Americans in the U.S.

When Brown was asked for his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s protests and his struggle finding work as a quarterback in the NFL, his response was truly remarkable.

“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or whether he’s a football player,” Brown said outside the pro-Kaepernick rally in New York City on Thursday.

“Football is commercial,” he continued. “You have owners, you have fans, and you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money.”

“I’m going to give you the real deal,” he said. “I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and the 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.”

“Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade gave his own perspective when asked by his co-host Steve Doocy what he thought about the reason Kaepernick was not playing in the NFL so far this year:

“Because he’s not good enough to warrant the distraction he’s going to cause to his team. And among the people who said that is the Buffalo Bills running back, he came out and said ‘Listen, Michael Vick was a distraction, but he was so good teams signed him, that’s the difference.’ Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks is also sitting down during the national anthem. To show you the NFL guys and men and women only care about winning, if Michael Bennett was cut by the Seahawks for sitting out the national anthem, there’s about 25 teams that would sign him.”

The Buffalo Bills running back Kilmeade was referring to, LeSean McCoy, remarked recently on the Kaepernick situation:

“It’s a lot more than just he’s not on the team because he doesn’t want to stand for the national anthem. I think it’s more than that. That may have something to do with it, but I think also it has a lot to do with his play. I’m sure a lot of teams wouldn’t want him as their starting quarterback. You know? That chaos that comes along with it, I mean it’s a lot. […]

I think his situation is not good enough to have him on the team with all the attention that comes along with it. I’m sure if a guy like [Tom] Brady or a guy like whoever is your favorite player — Odell Beckham or a guy like that — you’ll deal with that attention and play him.”

It looks like a consensus is developing: Colin Kaepernick is hurting himself a lot more than helping his cause of playing in the NFL with his national anthem protest.

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7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. kerry s creamer

    August 25, 2017 at 6:21 pm

    colin dont deserve a job in the nfl

  2. Phyllis White

    August 25, 2017 at 6:22 pm

    Totally agree with Jim Brown!

  3. Richard Misel Jr

    August 25, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    Alright Jim you are a patriot.!

  4. Dockery

    August 25, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    Has Mr Brown Read The ENTIRE NATIONAL ANTHEM & THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER!!HEY HAS ANYONE EVER READ THEIR ENTIRE LONG VERSION OF THEIR BIRTH CERTIFICATES! U SHOULD!

  5. mary

    August 25, 2017 at 8:37 pm

    People argue about politics at the dinner table….no need for it at a fun night out.

  6. Bob Benevides

    August 26, 2017 at 1:22 am

    I’LL BET THAT JERRY JONES WOULDN’T BE STANDING IN LINE TO SIGN MICHAEL BENNET IF HE GETS CUT. BENNET WON’T BE WEARING DALLAS’ SILVER AND BLUE ANY TIME SOON. The fans should be able to get a full refund on their season tickets if they turn them in before the season starts if their team signs a player who refuses to stand for the National anthem. The fans that still want to show up and watch the games should refuse to spend any extra money at any of the concession stands. No food. No Beer. No team clothing. Money talks.

    • Tommy Brown

      August 26, 2017 at 6:07 am

      I agree with you Bob all the way on this one. Except for the no food for 3 hours, if I could afford a ticket that is and I can’t. Empty seats will do the most harm.

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