NFL hall of fame running back Jim Brown gave former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick sound career advice.
Following last year’s on the field social activism where Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem, Kaepernick remains an unsigned free agent.
Responding to a question during an interview with The Post Game about Kaepernick, Brown boiled down the situation into a clear choice for the currently unemployed quarterback.
“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player,” Brown said. “Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money.
The former NFL great also displayed patriotism and respect for the nation’s flag:
“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” Brown said. “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.”
Brown’s comments stand in sharp contrast to black activists that are trying to make Kaepernick’s current employment status a matter of race.
For example, the NAACP is threatening a boycott of the NFL over Kaepernick.
Gerald Griggs, vice president of the Atlanta chapter of the NAACP, described the organization’s threat and its demand to meet with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Fox News Insider reports:
Griggs pointed out that Kaepernick is the 17th best NFL quarterback according to his quarterback rating, yet he can’t find a job in a league that employs approximately 90 quarterbacks.
“The fact that only 16 other quarterbacks have a higher quarterback rating than Colin Kaepernick speaks a lot to what’s going on with the NFL and why we believe this is an issue of race,” Griggs said.
In addition to the NACCP and other activists, Kaepernick is getting support from some football players who are carrying on his tradition of protesting the National Anthem during the preseason.
Unfortunately, for fans, the controversy started by Kaepernick is not going away.