It’s relatively easy for even a marginally talented NFL player to repeatedly make the news if the player is reflexively leftist in his political opinions and his anti-Americanism is exceeded only by his anti-Trumpism.
Colin Kaepernick, come on down!
Kaepernick takes a knee during the national anthem for vague and shifting reasons and it’s national news. Kaepernick sues the NFL because no team is eager to hire a disruptive, customer-alienating egomaniac and he’s famous again.
Kaepernick issues a risible subpoena to President Trump in connection with his lawsuit and the media acts like Colin is ready for the U.S. Supreme Court.
And each time a real NFL quarterback is out with an injury, the ditzy activists that now comprise most of the opposition media sports departments demand to know why the team doesn’t beg Kaepernick to play for them.
It would almost lead one to think that if a fringe, marginally talented player like Kaepernick can be a media hero, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame who was called "the greatest football player in history" by New England Patriots Coach Bill Belichick, would have no problem getting worldwide coverage when he commented on the controversy, too.
That thought would be wrong.
As Alex Parker points out, coverage of Jim Brown speaking out on kneeling and President Trump has been non-existent in the opposition because Jim Brown is a patriot and he takes a mature perspective.
Jim Brown played for the Cleveland Browns from 1957 thru 1965. This was a time of genuine systematic racial oppression in the U.S., not the faux "racism" the left wails about today. Brown couldn’t stay in "whites only" hotels with the rest of the team and he couldn’t eat in "whites only" restaurants.
During his career NFL teams had quotas that limited the number of blacks who could be on the roster. And in many of the states where he played games, Brown would not have been allowed to vote.
That oppression has vanished today. Some people even remember when the U.S. elected a black president. Jim Brown remembers the past and he is aware of the racial situation in America today.
That’s why he’s opposed to taking a knee during the anthem.
During an event at the White House with President Trump, Brown explained, "See, first of all, I’m an American. That flag is my flag. The things that I’ve overcome in this country have allowed me to make me a better person. I don’t think we should take knees in protest instead of standing up for our flag."
Possibly worse in the eyes of the left, Brown met with Trump and believed it to be an honor, "[W]e had the opportunity to meet with the president of the United States, which, everybody doesn’t have that privilege.”
That’s three strikes for football legend Jim Brown. He’s a patriot, he doesn’t believe our nation is racist. He respects President Trump. That makes him a non-person to the elite who want to run our country. It makes Brown a great American for the rest of us.
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