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NFL legend Jim Brown blasts Colin Kaepernick: Desecration of flag, national anthem is wrong

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NFL hall of famer Jim Brown recently spoke to ThePostGame, where he condemned NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick's infamous national anthem protest.

Brown said that he wanted to be able to support Kaepernick's cause but simply couldn't bring himself to accept the former quarterback's form of protest.

Why the protest?

During the 2016 NFL season, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback began a silent protest while kneeling during the national anthem. His stated aim was to bring attention to the oppression of people of color in the U.S. and to take a stand against police brutality.

Though Kaepernick is currently unsigned, many NFL players have picked up the torch and continue to protest in Kaepernick's footsteps.

The most recent protest, at a Cleveland Browns preseason game, saw more than 10 NFL players kneel for the national anthem in the largest NFL protest to date, a show of solidarity for Kaepernick's cause.

Brown's remarks

Brown said that he wouldn't desecrate the American flag but would work civil issues out in an "intelligent manner" instead.

"I want to be in his corner, and I do think, 'God bless him,'" Brown began.

He stated:

I'm going to give you the real deal: I'm an American. 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 clearly drew the line between football player and activist and said that Kaepernick needed to choose one or the other.

"If you have a cause, I think you should organize it, present it in a manner where it's not only you standing or sitting on one knee, but a lot of people that is gonna get behind each other and do something about it," Brown said. "If I ask you one question: Who is Colin calling on to follow what he's talking about?"

"You have to understand there's intelligence that's involved," Brown concluded. "I can't be two things at once that contradict each other. If I sign for money, then the people I sign with, they have rules and regulations."

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