As the 2018-19 NFL season approaches, and amid continued controversy surrounding protests during the National Anthem, many are sharing their own opinions about the silent protests.
While most players have exercised their right to protest despite the league’s opposition, others, both current and former, have declined to participate, with some attributing their decision to the disrespect of the flag.
In a recent interview with The Associated Press, NFL Hall of Famer, Jim Brown, discussed the topic and reiterated that he would never kneel for the national anthem.
“I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem,” Brown said. “I’m fighting with all my strength to make it a better country, but I don’t think that’s the issue. Because what is the top side? Are you not going to stand up? This is our country, man?”
Despite Brown’s longstanding history as a civil rights advocate, Brown stood firm in his disapproval of the silent protests, but maintained his support of Colin Kaepernick and the movement.
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