The Cleveland Browns made headlines after a dozen players took a knee during the Star-Spangled Banner on Monday night but there was no repeat on Saturday in Tampa as every one of the team’s players stood to pay respect to the flag.
It is probably no coincidence that a visit from legendary NFL running back Jim Brown may have had something to do with it.
In the late 1950’s to early 1960’s Brown was a human bulldozer who during his nine-year career for the Browns was one of the most feared runners ever to play the game due to his ability to run over defenders.
He abruptly retired in 1966 as the NFL’s all-time leading rusher and pursued an acting career in which he appeared in a number of action classics like “The Dirty Dozen”, “Ice Station Zebra” as well as westerns and Blaxploitation flicks.
He still has enormous clout in Cleveland and reportedly advised this year’s team not to disrespect the country and flag by refusing to stand for the national anthem. It worked.
On Monday, 12 Browns took a knee for the anthem.
Then Jim Brown told them to stand.
On Saturday, they all stood. https://t.co/sz8rNR1mFU
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 26, 2017
Via Pro Football Talk “All Browns players stand for anthem”:
The anthem protest launched by the Cleveland Browns was short lived.
Five days after 12 players took a knee and five more gathered around them for the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner, all players were standing in Tampa for the playing of the song that precedes all NFL games.
Via Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, Hall of Famer Jim Brown recently addressed the team and said, “Do not disrespect your country, do not disrespect the flag.”
#Browns radio said Jim Brown spoke to the team and told them "do not disrespect your country, do not disrespect the flag''
— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) August 26, 2017
Jim Brown has thoughts on anthem protests. pic.twitter.com/wbpSmR9dHI
— ESPN (@espn) August 26, 2017
Brown’s message to the militant Mulatto didn’t go over well with another one who already seems to have reneged on his promise to boycott the NFL made after it was announced that Hank Williams Jr. would be returning to Monday Night Football.
As a recap, Jim Brown beat women in four different decades.
I don't wanna hear him talk about what Colin Kaepernick should do.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) August 25, 2017
According to Shaun King of the New York Daily News, Brown is a house Negro for Trump. Just like black leftist website The Root blasted former NBA star Charles Barkley as being a “black white supremacist” for chiding those who are tearing down Confederate statues at the expense of focusing on real issues that actually help African-Americans as a whole.
Say what you may about Jim Brown but he is old school and unlike the troublemakers of today, has respect for his country and his flag.
This nonsense could all be nipped in the bud very quickly if the rest of the teams follow the example of the Cleveland Browns who learned from their mistake and stood tall in Tampa last night