In an interview with The Post Game, football legend and civil rights activist Jim Brown had some profound comments for quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
In the interview, Brown said that there are better ways to advocate for Kaepernick’s cause, “I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” Brown stated. “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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Jim Brown went on to say that he understands Kaepernick’s efforts to advocate for a “righteous cause,” but Brown takes issue with the way he has chosen to protest. In his statements, he indicated that if he were in Kaepernick’s cleats, he would choose a different method of making his views known.
The former football player said that Kaepernick should show leadership in a way that makes more people want to promote 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 is gonna get behind each other and do something about it,” He said. “If I ask you one question: Who is Colin calling on to follow what he’s talking about?”
According to Brown, it’s not easy to juggle being a football player and an activist. He said, “Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player.”
Brown also asserted that football players need to be smarter about the ways they promote causes. “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.”
Police brutality is a serious matter — one that has received a lot of attention in the news media. Groups like Black Lives Matter have shone a spotlight on the issue. Kaepernick’s protest is just one of the ways people have spoken out against disproportionate treatment of minorities by law enforcement.
Kaepernick has had trouble getting signed to a team. Many believe that this is due to racism. However, this is not the case. There is no doubt that Colin Kaepernick has the right to express his views.
However, while the First Amendment prevents the government from suppressing speech, it does not shield us from the consequences of exercising this right.
Kaepernick is experiencing this challenge because of his poor performance and the controversy he has created. Like it or not, football teams are hesitant to affiliate themselves with players who have baggage, unless they are high performers.
Unfortunately, the left does not see it this way. As they do with most other situations, they have decided to inject racism into this story.
This does nothing to address the issue. Jim Brown is right. If a football player wants to speak out on a particular issue, they must do so in an intelligent way.