The Cleveland Browns caught heat during the preseason for letting several of their players kneel during the National Anthem instead of standing reverently with their hands over their hearts. However, after allowing this disrespectful protest of The Star-Spangled Banner and the American values it represents, the Browns stunned an entire stadium this weekend with one move no one saw coming.
According to Young Conservatives, one of the most popular trends among liberals these days is pretending it’s rational to sit for the National Anthem because of something going on in the world you don’t like. Colin Kaepernick became the poster boy for this idea, and it appears to have cost him his career. But, not everyone learned from his mistake as this football season started with more of the same.
Luckily, though, not every NFL player feels the animosity towards our country that Kaepernick and those like him do. In fact, the entire Cleveland Browns team just did something awesome before Sunday’s game.
The Browns announced last Friday that they would be joined by police officers, firefighters, and members of the military for Sunday’s National Anthem. Over the weekend, Browns players made good on this promise as they stood for The Star-Spangled Banner and locked arms with law enforcement and military personnel before Sunday’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Meanwhile, other NFL players have not been so reverent towards our country, our military, and our first responders.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who last week alleged that the Las Vegas police department racially profiled him and used excessive force in an Aug. 26 incident, also sat again as teammate Justin Britt put his hand on Bennett’s shoulder. Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, Michael’s brother, stood during the anthem with his right hand raised in salute.
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid chose to kneel during the anthem, as he did last year when he followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead in protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Several of Reid’s 49ers teammates stood with a hand on the safety during the anthem.
On Thursday, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters became the first player of the 2017 regular season to sit for the anthem during the opener against the New England Patriots. [Source: USA Today]
Many NFL teams have made the situation worse with their response to protests of the National Anthem. By backing players who sit while The Star-Spangled Banner is played, or by ignoring these disrespectful demonstrations by issuing no response at all, they show their true colors. However, what the Browns did over the weekend will undoubtedly go a long way towards mending the fence.
Millions of Americans have been so turned off over misguided protests of the National Anthem by entitled athletes that they have vowed to quit watching NFL games entirely. The Browns, though, likely earned quite a few new fans with their show of support for our country, our military, and our first responders on Sunday.