“Football is commercial. You have owners. And you want to honor that, if you’re making that kind of money”.
Meanwhile, if you’re wondering, Colin Kaepernick is still nowhere close to signing with an National Football League team.
Brown, the legendary Cleveland running back and longtime special adviser to the football team, met with the players during the week about the protest, per Cleveland.com.
“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American”, Brown said. However, just in the past couple days, Brown proudly highlighted out his American heritage while criticizing the practice of disrespecting the flag and the anthem. “You’re talking about Jim Brown, a guy who was a huge part of the 1967 summit, saying that Colin Kaepernick went about this wrong. I’m sure they told him in 1967 summit (of black athletes) that it wasn’t the right way”, Sharpe said. I’m so so disappointed.
The host of FS1’s “Undisputed” said Brown’s statement that Kaepernick essentially needed to choose between being an activist and being a football player was “disappointing”.
Brown’s comments also brought him criticism, with some noting that he has been accused multiple times in the past of domestic abuse, whereas Kaepernick has no such incidents on his record.
Sharpe called Brown’s comments “disappointing because I don’t really know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to approach (protesting)”. The former linebacker added, “I applaud you for the things that you stood up for”, but he said that the quarterback should surround himself with people who would “stop encouraging you to be caught up in some of this nonsense”. However, “The Undefeated” reported it was actually a session where Brown and other athletes, including Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, would persuade Ali to take a deal to box in exhibitions for US troops in exchange for dropped anti-military drafting charges. I think the thing is, things are different now.