Hall of Famer and NFL legend Jim Brown had some harsh words for players choosing to kneel during the national anthem.
“I am not going to denigrate my flag, and I’m going to stand for the national anthem,” said Brown. “I’m fighting with all of my strength to make it a better country, but I don’t think that’s the issue. Because what is the top side? Are you not going to stand up? This is our country, man.”
“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” he continued. Brown he does respect the players’ right to free speech but he would prefer it if the players stood tall.
“Do not disrespect your country, do not disrespect the flag,” he said.
“We work hard to make it better, and that’s my attitude, so I don’t relate to this issue because it’s newsworthy because where are your superstars? And where are they at? Aren’t they making comments?”
“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,” Brown continued. “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.”
Hear what else he had to say about the anthem in the video below.
The NFL came out with a new rule that was supposed to ban anthem protests but gave in to the player’s union after they filed a grievance to stop the rule from becoming official.
Current NFL players have also voiced their support of standing for the anthem and the flag as well.
Last week, Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott spoke out against kneeling during the national anthem, saying he is “not at all tempted” to kneel since is not the time or place for a protest, and that he would “never protest during the anthem.”
“It’s bigger than I think some of us think,” Prescott said. “It’s just important for me to go out there, hand over my heart, represent our country and just be thankful and not take anything I’ve been given and my freedom for granted.”
“I never protest during the anthem, and I don’t think that’s the time or the venue to do so,” said Prescott. “The game of football has always brought me such a peace, and I think it does the same for a lot of people, a lot of people playing the game, a lot of people watching the game, a lot of people that have any impact of the game.”
“So when you bring such a controversy to the stadium, to the field, to the game, it takes away. It takes away from that. It takes away from the joy and the love that football brings to a lot of people.”
Cowboys star running back Ezekiel Elliott also voiced his support of standing for the national anthem.
“We’re the Dallas Cowboys. America’s team. We stand for the national anthem,” said Elliott.