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With the start of football season, it's about the game.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and Cleveland Browns legend Jim Brown understands that.
Brown commented recently on jobless quarterback Colin Kaepernick's activist activity in the past year.
Kaepernick started the trend of players kneeling during the national anthem last season when he played for the San Francisco 49ers as a way to protest what he claimed was increasing police brutality against minorities.
Brown agrees with Kaepernick's claim. But he thinks Kaepernick didn't think his response through.
"I'm an American," Brown says. "I don't desecrate my flag and my national anthem."
Brown also noted: "Colin has to make up his mind whether he's truly an activist or he's a football player. Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you're making (the) kind of money, (the millions of dollars team owners are paying players to play).
"You have to understand there's intelligence that's involved, OK? 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."
That's not to say that Kaepernick's and Brown's claims of police brutality should be disregarded. But the nation that flies the flag that Brown and others salute and stands for the national anthem also has rules and regulations for investigating and taking appropriate action when applicable.
The venue for those complaints is city halls across the nation. Police answer to city and elected officials, who represent the people and conduct their business. If they aren't doing their job, then they should be removed from office, and there is a process to do that. That process requires work, much more time and effort than taking a knee. But, it also is more effective.
Kaepernick and all of the other players who took a knee would be working toward a solution if they went to the people in charge of the police.
Imagine the effect if the dozen Cleveland Brown players who took a knee recently showed up at Cleveland's city hall when the council met instead — not to disrupt, but to discuss their concerns with the elected officials.
That's the way to get results.