John Wooten has participated in sporting civil rights for 50 years and claims America has been regressing.
Wooten shared his thoughts on the NFL's national anthem demonstrations during this week's "The Tim Graham Show" on Sports Radio 1270 The Fan.
The former Cleveland Browns guard and NFL scouting director is chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance, the advocacy group for minority executive and coaching candidates.
"We're not trying to dishonor the flag," Wooten said. "We're not trying to dishonor the national anthem.
"What we're doing is bringing attention to the fact in this country of ours 50 years, 70 years, 200 years, why are we going backwards in terms of human rights, human equality and overall people disrespecting each other ...
"Yet we want to stand on the fact the flag means what it should mean, the national anthem means what it should mean, but we don't want to carry it out."
Wooten assembled in 1967 with what became known as the Ali Summit, a gathering of prominent black athletes who counseled Muhammad Ali after the heavyweight champ refused induction into the military.
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