Legend Jim Brown Tells Kaepernick – Be Intelligent, Play Football, Don’t Desecrate America

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NFL legend Jim Brown was as asked by “ThePostGame” for his perspective on the Kaepernick situation, offering some insight that shows why he remains highly respected both in and outside of the world of football. In essence he said that Kaepernick hadn’t conducted his “activism” in a very intelligent way and that it’s not okay to disrespect America.

Brown said, “Well, you know, Colin has to make up his mind, whether he’s truly an activist or whether he’s a football player.”

He continued, “If you try to be both in a situation, football is commercial, you have owners, you have fans and you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money. If you have a cause, I think you should organize it, present it in a manner where it’s not only you sitting on one knee, but a lot of people that is going to get behind each other and do something about it.”

Brown says, “If I ask you one question, who is Colin calling on to follow what he’s talking about? So many of us have always done it and we’re here to help anyone that wants to do it, but I would advise a young man, if you’re a football player, play football. You gonna be a real activist? Use your money, use your notoriety.”

“I didn’t want to make it this long,” Brown says, “but it does have meaning to me and think that I want to be in his corner and I do think God bless him, but that is not my leadership.” The interviewer clarifies, asking if it’s possible to be both an activist and a football player in today’s NFL. Brown replies, “I think we’re always an activist and a football player, but I think you have to understand there’s intelligence that’s involved, okay?”

Brown says, “I  can’t be two things at once that contradict each other. If I sign for money, then these people I signed with, they have rules and regulations.” He then seems to sense it’s time to cut to the heart of the matter that many choose to ignore, saying, “But I’m going to give you the real deal.”

Brown explains, ‘I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not going to do anything against the flag or 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.”

That’s the difference between a man who respects and loves his country and one who’s simply using it as a tool of enrichment and self-aggrandizement.

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