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NFL Legend and Civil Rights Activist Would ‘Never’ Kneel for Anthem: ‘I Will Always Respect the Flag’

If you want to see change on an issue, do something about it.

That’s the philosophy of NFL Hall of Fame running back, Jim Brown. During an interview at the premiere of “Hard Knocks,” Brown was very straightforward when asked about the kneeling controversy.

“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” said Brown.

Many players in the NFL have started kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and police brutality. However, Brown believes kneeling is not the answer.

“I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem,” Brown said. “I’m fighting with all of my strength to make it a better country, but I don’t think that’s the issue. Because what is the top side? Are you not going to stand up? This is our country, man.”


Although Brown does not personally believe kneeling is the right way to combat social issues, he says he respects others’ right to do so.

“Well, if you take the bottom line, what are we talking about?“ Brown said. ”We’re talking about freedom to express one’s self, and if you don’t break any rules then you have that particular right.”

Brown is an advocate for working to fix problems instead of just speaking out about them. The former NFL player also gave his comments on the issue to The Post Game in 2017.

“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” Brown 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 has been a leader in the civil rights movement and has been outspoken on his struggles with racial inequality in the NFL.

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