NFL legend Jim Brown on Kaepernick: “I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem”

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NFL Hall of Famer Jim Brown says he would like to support Colin Kaepernick’s cause but could never see himself disrespecting the national anthem by taking a knee before a game.

In an interview with The Post Game on Thursday (Aug. 24), Brown opened up about Kap, saying:

“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or whether he’s a football player….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.”

Brown added, “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 [protesting]…and we’re here to help anyone that wants to do it, but I would advise him: ‘if you’re a football player..play football. If you’re gonna be a real activist…use your money…use your notoriety.’

As for athletes wanting to be both activist and football player, Brown says:

“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American. 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.”

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