Jim Brown’s insights on the Colin Kaepernick situation are too complex to collect into one statement.
However, here’s an attempt: The Hall of Famer and longtime activist A)grasps why NFL teams have stayed away from Kaepernick, B)wants the controversial quarterback to ask for help in his social justice cause and C)would rather see someone create change from within than to “desecrate” the national anthem.
The most intriguing part of Brown’s thoughts about Kaepernick’s ongoing free agency might be his take on the former 49ers quarterback’s ability to be an activist and a football player at the same time.
“I think we’re always an activist and a football player — but I think you have to understand, there’s intelligence involved. I can’t be two things at once that contradict each other,” Brown told online outlet ThePostGame. “If I sign for money, then these people I sign with, they have rules and regulations.”
Which is why Brown believes Kaepernick must “make up his mind” about pursuing football or activism.
“Football is commercial. You have owners, you have fans and you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money,” Brown said. “If you have a cause, I think you should organize it, present it in a manner where it’s not only you on one knee but a lot of people who 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 is talking about? So many of us have always done it and we are 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 going to be a real activist, use your money, use your notoriety. It does have meaning to me and I think that I want to be in his corner, and I do think, ‘God bless him.’ But that’s not my leadership.”
Like our San Francisco 49ers Facebook page for more 49ers news, commentary and conversation.So how would Brown lead such a social justice campaign?
“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 going to do anything against the flag and the national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. but this is my country, and I work out the problems, but I do it in an intelligent manner.”
Watch the interview below…
.@JimBrownNFL32 gives us the ‘real deal’ on @Kaepernick7, flag, anthem and being an activist. pic.twitter.com/MMcLX3dteb
— ThePostGame (@ThePostGame) August 24, 2017