Chris Brown is known for many things (that we shall not name). Now, I guess he really wants activism to be among them, too.
As you (should) know, the NFL - and the sports world in general - has been the center of controversy ever since news broke of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's silent protest against police brutality and injustice during the national anthem. Others have been standing by his side, from Megan Rapinoe to the NFL's Dolphins and Seahawks teams to high schools. Now, Brown is ranking among those who are going silent during the anthem.
At least, it's supposed to be silent.
This Sunday -- the 15th anniversary of the September 11 tragedy and one of the biggest football nights of the year -- was a test for protesters. Many bypassed the controversy of sitting out of the anthem on this historical day by locking arms in unison and in unity.
Chris Brown was also present at a charity basketball game in Los Angeles. Fellow musician, Tank, was chosen to sing the "Star Spangled Banner" and encouraged the crowd - even those who were protesting - to stand up for the men and women who lost their lives on that day in 2001 as he sang.
Brown remained seated.
The NY Daily News reports that some onlookers say that he even smiled and laughed as others stood. Brown did, however, stand up to smile and clap at the end of the song, lightly chatting with his friends. Definitely not anything to get riled up about, if you ask me.
Brown's actions aren't particularly shocking. Just hours after he was accused of waving a gun in a woman's face, he was on Instagram detailing his constant frustration with the police, with whom he had a similar incident with just a few months ago after being accused of trashing a vacation home.
Unfortunately, he ended up tainting the protest by having an altercation with a fellow attendee at the game. Reportedly (via TMZ) the man was sitting in the wrong section and it rubbed Brown the wrong way. Police were nearby and nothing much else happened beyond an exchange of words, but still... why?
Certainly, there's nothing wrong with Chris taking a stand for something he believes in. I just wish he'd be much less sloppy while doing it...and with the rest of his life, for that matter.
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