The uproar over Kanye West’s sit-down with President Trump at the White House continues to spread as the media is in full attack mode but another black American icon was also in attendance.
NFL Hall Of Famer Jim Brown joined Kanye for the widely-condemned meeting with Trump and during an exchange with the press, the man who some still believe is the greatest running back of all time expressed his opinion about those who believe that kneeling during the national anthem is appropriate.
Brown chastised the activists who have become the apostles of messianic movement leader Colin Kaepernick and defended the flag, a stance that he has previously taken as the divisive protests have been cheered on by biased liberals in the media while alienating millions of patriotic fans.
On any other day, it would be Brown who was being vilified but with all of the hate directed at Kanye dominating the media, he has flown underneath the radar.
Legendary NFL running back Jim Brown: “I don’t think that we should take knees in protest instead of be standing up for our flag.”
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Via The Washington Examiner, “Hall of Famer Jim Brown does not condone NFL players kneeling for the national anthem”:
NFL Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown does not believe players should kneel during the presentation of the national anthem.
“Well, I can be very blunt about taking the knee. First of all, I’m an American. That flag is my flag,” Brown told reporters at the White House Thursday afternoon. “The things that I’ve overcome in this country have made me a better person. I don’t think that we should take knees in protest. … I think we should work out our problems.”
Brown was at the White House, along with rapper Kayne West, to meet with President Trump in the Oval Office to discuss potential presidential pardons, the violent crime surge in West’s hometown of Chicago, and other topics.
The 82-year-old former NFL star was known for being a champion of civil rights throughout his playing career. Brown founded the Black Economic Foundation in the 1960s to help black Americans start and grow businesses. He has also started programs to mentor inner-city youth.
In the late 1950’s to early 1960’s Brown was a human bulldozer who during his nine-year career for the Cleveland Browns was one of the most feared runners ever to play the game due to his ability to run over defenders who he came just short of turning into pulp.
He abruptly retired in 1966 as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and pursued an acting career in which he appeared in a number of action classics like “The Dirty Dozen”, “Ice Station Zebra” as well as westerns and eventually became involved in activism to help gang members find their way to better lives and for young blacks to be self-reliant.
But none of that will earn him one ounce of goodwill from the left in these troubled times when the American flag itself has become a hated symbol for millions of the nation’s own citizens.
Ironically, the sideline protests had all but died out this season with only a handful of players taking a knee and ESPN announced that it would not televise the anthem on Monday Night Football broadcasts, depriving the protesters of a national forum.
Brown has seen a lot in his 82 years and for many younger people who have never experienced the NFL before it was hijacked by politics, it is inconceivable that sports used to be a great unifying experience instead of yet another bitter battlefield where compromise is viewed as treason now that we live in the era of the mob.