Steelers legend Franco Harris doesn’t agree with Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest during the National Anthem, saying players 40 years ago wouldn’t have allowed him to act that way.
The NFL Hall of Famer said Kaepernick is free to voice his personal opinion on issues, but he should have done so without involving the NFL.
During an interview with Mediaite’s John Ziegler, Harris was asked if he believed Colin Kaepernick has been blackballed by NFL organizations for his decision to kneel during the National Anthem before football games last year.
The Wildcard explains:
When asked how his teammates from the 1970’s and 1980’s would have handled Kaepernick’s protesting, Harris suggested they wouldn’t have tolerated it.
“We had two of the meanest guys in football, who I think would’ve dealt with it that way, and that would’ve been Joe Greene and Jack Lambert,” Harris said.
Harris said while he believes there are unresolved social issues in the U.S., it is very important to respect our nation’s flag.
“If someone has a certain stance they want to take, that’s fine,” Harris said. “When he puts that suit on, it’s not just about him, his position and the things that he wants to back and wants to believe in, because the team has to come first.”
Harris’ remarks about Kaepernick can be heard around the 34:40 mark.
Harris isn’t the first NFL legend to comment on the Kaepernick situation. Last week, Hall of Famer Jim Brown told Browns players he wanted them to stand during the National Anthem and show their support for the American flag.
“Colin has to make up his mind whether he’s truly an activist or he’s a football player,” Brown said. “Football is commercial. You have owners. You have fans. And you want to honor that if you’re making that kind of money.”
“I’m going to give you the real deal: I’m an American,” he added. “I don’t desecrate my flag and my National Anthem. I’m not gonna do anything against the flag and National Anthem. I’m going to work within those situations. But this is my country, and I’ll work out the problems, but I’ll do it in an intelligent manner.”
Of course, the Wildcard reports that not all players are on the same side. On Tuesday, Snowflake Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said it’s “unfair” that Kaepernick hasn’t been signed.
Unfair…always the liberal mantra! Well it is not fair that Kaepernick has all that money and I don’t, but you don’t hear me claiming ‘unfair’….
But wait..what if I decided that I identify that I am Colin Kaepernick? If I feel all my life that I really am Colin Kaepernick, just in the wrong body, do I get some of his dough?…. #JustSayin’
But when it all comes down to it, Franco Harris is absolutely correct. It was not Kaepernick protesting what he believes is unfair. Right or wrong, that is an American tradition and extremely patriotic in its form.
But Kaepernick decided to do it on his employer’s time. That is insubordination. He has no right to that stage. He has no right, to force NFL fans who tuned into or paid a ticket for a game, to have to watch his antics.
And let’s be clear, what Colin Kaepernick was doing, was no protest. It was a 3-minute antic designed to get attention. He has yet to have the guts or the fortitude to do a real protest. He is lazy. He tweets. He kneels.
Now, he will never work again!
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