Activist football player, Jim Brown says Kaepernick has to make a choice
Jim Brown was both an activist and a great football player. But he doesn’t think Colin Kaepernick can be.
Brown said in a recent interview that he thinks Kaepernick has to make a choice between the two, and Brown seems to think Kaepernick has not chosen wisely.
“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist, or whether he’s a football player,” Brown said. “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 standing on one knee, but a lot of people that are going to get behind each other and do something about it. 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 the young man, if you’re a football player, play football. If you’re going to be a real activist, use your money, use your notoriety.”
Brown also indicated that he thinks it’s reasonable for NFL owners not to want Kaepernick on their teams after his national anthem protest last year.
“If I sign for money, then these people I sign with, they have rules and regulations,” Brown said. “I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not going to do anything against the flag and the national anthem.”
This has been my point all along. These players make a ton of money to play a game. It is entertainment, we are watching football to see them knock the crap out of each other (even though the pansies in the NFL has stopped most of the hitting on quarterbacks). We are not watching to see a bunch of social protest.
Other black players are not protesting but also are choosing to be role models and leaders to their teammates including Dak Prescott. Now I absolutely hate the Cowboys because of the classless way Jerry Jones fired Tom Landry. But they have been a class organization in the middle of the tireless stream of anthem protest. Prescott said he is “not at all” tempted to protest the anthem..
“I mean, it’s bigger than I think some of us think,” he said. “It’s just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country and just be thankful and not take anything I’ve been given and my freedom for granted.”
“I just feel so strongly that the act of recognizing the flag is a salute to our country and all of the people that have sacrificed so that we can have the liberties we have,” Jones said on 105.3 The Fan. “I feel very strongly that everyone should save that moment for the recognition of the flag in a positive way, so I like the way the Cowboys do it.”
The press has taken on Colin Kaepernick as their liberal lap boy to promote. But the fact remains he is not on a te
am because he sucks. Plain and simple. It has nothing to do with the anthem. Other players Marshawn Lynch, Michael Bennett and a slew of Cleveland Browns knelt in their ridiculous protest in the pre-season. But Marshawn Lynch and Bennett are good. The NFL will put up with a lot of bull crap if you are good. Look at Vontaze Burfitt with the Bengals, what a complete thug. Ray Lewis got away with murder.
The reason Kaepernick is not playing is he sucks, nothing else.
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