Jim Brown, arguably the greatest running back of all time, came out with some brutal advice for free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Brown, a notable social activist himself, laid out an ultimatum in front of Kaepernick that many supporters of the controversial quarterback will not want to hear.
While Brown is definitely on the same side as Kaepernick in terms of his social causes, he believes Kaepernick is not going about this the right way.
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“I want to be in his corner, and I do think, ‘God bless him,’” Brown said in an interview with The Post Game.
But Brown believes Kaepernick has to make a decision.
“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player,” the Hall of Famer said. “Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money.”
“You have to understand there’s intelligence that’s involved, OK? I can’t be two things at once that contradict each other. If I sign for money, then the people I sign with, they have rules and regulations,” he added.
But Brown saved his harshest criticisms for the actual protesting of the anthem itself.
“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American. I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem,” Brown said.
“I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and national anthem. I’m going to work on those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner,” he added.
Brown said Kaepernick’s method of protest does more to draw attention to himself than his cause.
“If you have a cause, I think you should organize it, present it in a manner where it’s not only you standing or sitting on one knee, but a lot of people that are gonna get behind each other and do something about it,” Brown said. “If I ask you one question: Who is Colin calling on to follow what he’s talking about?”
Brown has made reaching out to troubled inner-city youths one of his primary advocacy causes. He founded Vital Issues in 1986 to help educate youth and keep them away from gangs. Vital Issues became Amer-I-Can in 1989 and continued to do similar work.
Brown, 81, played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957-1965 and was a key member of the team’s 1964 NFL championship squad. He is a member of the college football and pro football halls of fame.