Simpson generally agrees with the president about Colin Kaepernick and other players who’ve demonstrated during the national anthem before games.
Kaepernick in 2016 started a controversial movement while with Simpson’s hometown 49ers. The quarterback knelt during “The Star-Spangled Banner” to protest racial oppression.
Trump has slammed Kaepernick, other athlete protestors and the NFL. The president has called for those players to be fired and for fans to boycott the league for allowing displays of dissent.
“I think Colin made a mistake,” Simpson said. “I really appreciate what he was trying to say. I thought he made a bad choice in attacking the flag.
Incidentally, I re-watched O.J.: Made In America recently because I was thinking of using parts of it for Law & Society next quarter, and it remains stunningly good on multiple viewings. I also watched the FX mini-series. It’s not nearly as essential, of course, and you don’t go to Ryan Murphy for a light touch, but it was a lot better than I was expecting, and Paulson and Vance in particular are absolutely superb.