12 Cleveland Browns players knelt and huddled during the national anthem before Monday’s preseason game against the New York Giants!
The players included the elite overpaid milliares which are Isaiah Crowell, Duke Johnson, Jabrill Peppers, Christian Kirksey, Seth DeValve, Jamie Collins, Kenny Britt, Ricardo Louis and Jamar Taylor. Even Seth DeValve, who is an ungrateful guilt ridden white player, was one of the 12 Cleveland players who knelt for the anthem before Monday’s preseason game against the Giants. DeValve who was a 2016 fourth-round pick out of Princeton and is currently married to a black woman, said recent events in Charlottesville Virginia factored into his decision to join his teammates in protest. This has to be the most assinine excuse we’ve heard to date.
Several other players showed support by standing with their hands on their kneeling teammate’s shoulders. It was the largest anti-American protest by an NFL team so far.
But this whole display of anti-Americanism didn’t last long. 5 days after this display of disrespect happened Hall of Famer Jim Brown addressed the team and said, “Do not disrespect your country, do not disrespect the flag.”
On Monday, 12 Browns took a knee for the anthem.
Then Jim Brown told them to stand.
On Saturday, they all stood. https://t.co/sz8rNR1mFU
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) August 26, 2017
Browns legend and special advisor Jim Brown met with the 12 anti-American players over the course of the week to discuss their actions and appropriate ways to get more players involved without disrespecting America. A report following the anthem stated that Brown told players not to kneel this week, but McCourty said Brown did not tell them what to do or what not to do. An anonymous source has indeed confirmed that Brown did not tell players not to kneel although at yesterday’s game the whole team stood for the national anthem.
The anthem-kneeling protests by NFL players have been well intended and well within their rights. But they have also been misdirected at the national anthem and the nation’s flag, giving unintended offense to fellow Americans and symbols that have nothing to do with the players justified grievances. And it is done so at a time and place where the only divisiveness sports fans want to see and hear is between the two opposing teams they paid big money to watch, after working all week in jobs that don’t pay them the millions of dollars players earn for tossing around a ball for 3 hours.
Monday night, a dozen Cleveland Browns players followed the lead of Colin Kaepernick and knelt during the national anthem, in what they described as a prayer circle. A few more of their teammates stood next to them in solidarity.
“There’s a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now. We just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general,” said Browns rookie Jabrill Peppers.
A year ago, while playing for the San Francisco 49ers, Colin Kaepernick began sitting, then kneeling during the national anthem, protesting police brutality and racial oppression.
After leading the 49ers to a Super Bowl four years ago, Kaepernick had fallen to a backup role. He eventually opted out of his contract and has yet to be signed by another team as a free agent. This led about a dozen groups to protest in front of NFL headquarters, alleging NFL owners had “whiteballed” Kaepernick over his protests.
There’s no doubt the controversy surrounding Kaepernick’s protests has been a factor in his not being signed. There’s also no doubt that his fall-off in performance and his style of play has also been a major factor.
Kaepernick is a borderline starter who also doesn’t make for an ideal backup. To be anything close to effective, he as to have any offense designed around his style.
Kaepernick’s now marginal ability doesn’t make the baggage of his protest controversy worth carrying for teams.
As a quarterback, Kaepernick’s job is to be a team leader, not a team distraction. Any owner and coach would be justified in wondering if Kaepernick is more interested in being an NFL quarterback on Sunday’s or a political activist. Owners and coaches are right to wonder if Kaepernick would put the team first, or his political agenda.
Being based in Little Cuba, can the Miami Dolphins really be blamed for not signing Kaepernick, who made news when he walked around wearing a pro-Fidel Castro t-shirt?
Americans turn on NFL games to turn off politics and societies problems for a few hours, not to have a multi-millionaire quarterback throw it in their face, like a bad pass.
Americans stand for the national anthem and the flying of the flag to honor what they represent, the highest ideals of the nation and those who fought and died for those ideals.
The anthem and flag, that the players are slighting, represents the best of what this nation stands and hopes for. They do not represent the societal failures the players are protesting.
The flag’s stripes are white, to symbolize purity, and red, to symbolize the valor of those who shed blood and gave their lives for the players right to protest freely. Given what it cost, that right should be practiced wisely and appropriately to honor the sacrifices that made it possible.
I, for one, have boycotted anything having to do with the NFL last year. When a business won’t let a team wear a sticker honoring fallen police officers. But allows a player to wear socks depicting police officers as pigs to an official practice, and allows him to not stand during the national anthem, then you know that isn’t the right thing to watch and spend your money on.
If social media entities such as Twitter and Facebook can suspend us Conservatives on a daily basis for making our opinions known on their platforms and no one can say anything because they are a private company, then with even more reason, the NFL can dictate what their employees can and can’t do. But the NFL has sadly decided to remain silent and be ok with this disrespect.
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