Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe is not here for the dumb shit. As a co-host of FS1’s highly rated Skip and Shannon: Undisputed, he constantly checks his counterpart Skip Bayless’ position on black issues. Sharpe has also been one of the most vocal supporters of NFL free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest in the Movement for Black Lives.
As such, Sharpe, who has never been one to mince his words, didn’t hold back when asked about Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown’s comment that he wouldn’t kneel during the national anthem because it’s disrespectful and that Kaepernick should decide which interests him more—the NFL or being an activist—and stick with that.
Sharpe told TMZ Sports that he didn’t realize that there was a proper way to protest and added that Brown was a leader of the ’67 Cleveland Summit, where high-profile athletes of the time, including Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor), got together to stand with Muhammad Ali, who refused to fight for the U.S. while black people were still being treated as second-class citizens.
“I’m sure they told him in 1967 when he called that summit, I’m sure they said it wasn’t the right way,” Sharpe told TMZ Sports. “I’m so, so disappointed in him.”
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