ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 27: NFL legend Jim Brown announces the Cleveland Browns pick during the second round of the NFL Draft on April 27, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

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Civil Rights Champion Jim Brown Says He’d Never Kneel During the Anthem

The former Cleveland Brown is siding with Trump over his NFL brethren.

During his playing days and afterward, former Cleveland Browns running back Jim Brown was a social justice activist and champion for civil rights, going so far as to found the Black Economic Union in the ‘60s and Amer-I-Can in the ‘80s.

In recent times though, Brown has seemed somewhat conservative, going so far as to take the side of President Trump when he was feuding with civil rights icon John Lewis.

On Tuesday, prior to the HBO premiere of Hard Knocks, Brown once again seemingly took Trump’s side in the anthem debate and went against what many current NFL players are doing.

“I’ll never kneel and I will always respect the flag,” Brown said. “I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem. 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.”

The 82-year-old said he respects players protesting, but they should be standing, not kneeling.

Read the full story at The Associated Press