Jim Brown thinks Colin Kaepernick should choose between football and activism
As a Cleveland Browns player, Jim Brown was once one of the most prolific athletes in the country. After football, he moved on to acting, social justice work and making himself the face of the black “get off my porch!” delegation.
Brown has continued to make a name for himself in recent years by being highly critical of modern day social movements and the young people at the front of them. His latest target is Colin Kaepernick, who is still being shunned by the NFL because of his protest of the National Anthem.
“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player,” Brown told The Post Game. “If you’re trying to be both — football is commercial. 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: I’m an American,” Brown said. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not going to 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’s statement is more disappointing than it is surprising given his track record. Regardless, someone had to step up and let him know how out of line his thinking was. The first one to do so was Fox Sports 1’s Shannon Sharpe, who has been a vocal supporter of Kaepernick and his mission in recent months.
“I don’t really know [that] there’s a right way and a wrong way to protest,” Sharpe told TMZ Sports on Sunday. “There’s a right way and a wrong way to handle Black unarmed men and women in America … I just think the thing is … things are different now. I’m sure they told him in ’67 when he called that summit, I’m sure they said it wasn’t the right way.”