This week, NFL veteran and civil rights activist Jim Brown changed his stance on players kneeling during the national anthem.
Brown spoke with TMZ and said that kneeling “is fine with me” after previously denouncing the practice that was spearheaded by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. “You know what’s interesting, I think if they wanted to kneel and it was within the rules of the game it’s fine with me,” he said when asked about only 3 players kneeling on Veterans Day.
“I really don’t want to speak for anyone else. And I really don’t want to be negative about too many things so that’s why I’m giving you as much as I’m giving you now.”
Earlier this year, Brown publicly disagreed with Kaepernick’s method of protest. “I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” said Brown to The Washington Post back in August. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my national anthem. I’m not going to do anything against the flag and my national anthem. I’m going to work within those situations.”
Brown previously stated that he agreed with Kaepernick’s message but did not support the kneeling. “I’m an American citizen, I pay my taxes, I want my equal rights, but this is my country, and consequently I don’t want to open up for ISIS or anybody that will take away what we’ve already gained,” said Brown to the NFL Network when the protests first started.