Browns support players who kneeled for national anthem

Rufina Vignone
Agosto 23, 2017

"They all support each other and they have the right to do that".

"As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country's National Anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and overseas".

Browns Coach Hue Jackson said he stood by whatever message his players made a decision to send, as long as they were peaceful and he was given advance notice. "Ultimately, we thought coming together and praying for our nation was the best outcome that we could have gotten for everyone to come together and express how we feel". People think that once you reach a certain level of stature or status in life that you're not affected by everything that goes on in the world. "But it's time for us to group together as a country", Shea Murphy said. "We did it in a way that we said a prayer".

Among the Browns taking a knee were: Duke Johnson, Jabrill Peppers, Seth DeValve, Jamie Collins, Christian Kirksey, Jamar Taylor, Terrance Magee, Calvin Pryor and Ricardo Louis. Crowell and Wilds were not in uniform.

Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer and punter Britton Colquitt were among the players who put their hands on the shoulders of teammates who were kneeling, seemingly offering their support.

"I understand there is a lot going on in the world", Jackson said. There are many effective ways athletes can utilize their platform if they so desire, but I would respect any individual decision, as ultimately, it would be the player's choice after much thoughtful dialogue.

DeValve was one of almost a dozen Cleveland players who knelt for the anthem before tonight's preseason game against the Giants. They'll have just one prime-time, nationally televised game this season, which falls on a Thursday.

"With everything you do, you have to have respect", Kirksey said. "We have people who've been affected [by] it, people who may be affected by it in the future, so we just chose to just take a moment, pray, give God the glory and put it all in his hands". We respect everything that happened with people in the military. We meant no disrespect to anyone. "And also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do".

It was the first to feature a white player kneeling, it came nine days after the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia and it was nationally televised by ESPN as this week's game on Monday Night Football. I myself will be raising children that don't look like me. Again, what we try to do here is create the right environment for him to learn a process that is going to help him be the best quarterback that he can be.

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