To say sports commentator/pundit Shannon Sharpe is disappointed in Jim Brown is an understatement. Hell, Sharpe isn’t the only one. A whole bunch of folks have a problem with Brown for the same reason as Sharpe.
And why is Jim Brown being looked at with the side eye these days by Sharpe and lots of others? It’s because the NFL legend, of all people, said he does not agree with Colin Kaepernick or any other player protesting during the national anthem.
Sharpe, the co-host of FS1’s “Undisputed” spoke with TMZ about what Brown said and he “wholeheartedly” disagrees with him.
“It’s disappointing because I don’t really know that there’s a right way and a wrong way to approach (protesting),” Sharpe said. “There’s a right and wrong way to handle black unarmed men and women in America. I think the thing is, things are different now. I’m sure they told him in 1967 summit (of black athletes) that it wasn’t the right way.”
As we stated, Brown did say he supports Kaepernick, but was highly critical of athletes who don’t stand at attention during the national anthem. Sharpe seemed most bothered by Brown’s comments because the legendary running back is such an influential African-American athlete.
“It’s disappointing because all it takes is one big-name person of color to really almost throw a wet blanket over the fire that’s being sparked with what Colin Kaepernick and others with the Black Lives Matter movement (are doing) — the positive people who are trying to change and have an impact,” Sharpe said. “You’re talking about Jim Brown, a guy who was a huge part of the 1967 summit, saying that Colin Kaepernick went about this wrong. That gives them all the credibility they need. That hurts the most and it’s so disappointing. I’m so, so disappointed in him. … I wholeheartedly disagree with everything he said.”
Meanwhile, if you’re wondering, Colin Kaepernick is still nowhere close to signing with an NFL team. He’s running out of time, as the 2017 season starts Sept 7.
(Photo Credit: YouTube Screen Shot & AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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