Legendary football player Jim Brown spoke to reporters for a few minutes outside of the White House Thursday (Oct.11) following the president’s meeting with Kanye West. As West wore Donald Trump’s infamous “MAGA” hat, 82-year-old Brown sat next to the entertainer and listened.
The Internet was split down the middle as it pertained to Kanye. While on the right side of the political aisle, many praised the Yandhi rapper for his bravery. Those on the left officially decided Mr. West needs to be put in rice, never to be resuscitated again.
Using his cane as for support, Brown spoke of the recommendation he gave to Trump about helping the African-American community, and some of the great white people who’ve helped him in his life.
“Well, I’ll tell you. I gave him my overall opinion about the community in his country. I’m a black man of course but my life has not always been around black people. There have been white people who’ve helped me as a child. Helped me as an adult, made up for the fact that I did not have a father. I expressed my desire to bring a plan, along with his plan on how to help people. People need education. People need to be tended to. That’s what I’m talking about. It’s not controversial. I’m sorry.”
Pressed for time, one reporter asked Brown about his thoughts on taking a knee, to which the legendary football player doubled-down on his criticism of the peaceful protest.
“I’m American. This flag is my flag. The things I’ve overcome in this country have allowed to make me a better person. I don’t think that we should take knees in protest instead of be standing up for our flag. I think we should work out our problems like a family.”
— CSPAN (@cspan) October 11, 2018