Hall of Famer Jim Brown supports NFL players’ rights but says he would not kneel during anthem

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Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown reiterated Tuesday that he would never kneel during the national anthem.

In an interview before the premiere of HBO’s “Hard Knocks,” Brown told The Associated Press that he respects players’ right to protest during the national anthem, as dozens did last season, but the 82-year-old said he personally “will always respect the flag.”

“I am not going to denigrate my flag and I’m going to stand for the national anthem,” Brown said, according to The Associated Press. “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.”

Brown, who has long been an advocate for civil rights and now works as a special advisor for the Cleveland Browns, made similar comments last year, saying that he was supportive of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s fight for social justice but disagreed with his method.

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