Chad Johnson says NFL protests have been “politically whitewashed from why it started in the first place” — and says kneeling has turned into “a goddamn Ice Bucket Challenge.”
The ex-NFL superstar was smokin’ a stogie in West Hollywood on Thursday when we asked how he felt about the Denver Broncos releasing a statement saying they will no longer kneel for the anthem.
Johnson sighed … and said the whole protest situation in the NFL has become “unfortunate.”
“We’re not kneeling for the same reasons that Kaepernick kneeled for 14 months ago,” Johnson said … “It’s completely different.”
Johnson essentially echoed the feelings of L.A. Sparks player Essence Carson — who told us why she’s upset people have made the protest about the flag and Trump … instead of racism and police brutality.