There were no Browns players kneeling during the national anthem ahead of the match against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, but nine of them stood with their fists raised high.
At least nine players raised their right fists, including linebacker Christian Kirksey, cornerback Jason McCourty and tight end Randall Telfer. Others who raised fists include running back Isaiah Crowell, cornerback Briean Boddy-Calhoun, defensive lineman Larry Ogunjobi, wide receiver Kenny Britt, linebacker Dominique Alexander and safety Ibraheim Campbell.
Last week, in the aftermath of President Trump calling for NFL players who protest during the national anthem to be fired, about 21 Browns players knelt before their game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. The demonstration came just hours after Browns owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam denounced Trump’s comments in a statement:
“We must not let misguided, uninformed and divisive comments from the President or anyone else deter us from our efforts to unify. Our stance in support of the liberties of peaceful, personal expression afforded to our players and all Americans will remain strong, and we will continue to encourage our players to respectfully use their earned platform to inspire positive change in our nation and throughout society.”
Many NFL fans started to bash on the Browns for their unapologetic behavior towards the National anthem.
“You can protest any day of the week. Just don’t do it on a Sunday during your job. I can’t protest during my job, and they shouldn’t be able to protest during their job,” said Kate, a local fan from Sandusky.
Videos have surfaced on social media of fans all over the country burning their season tickets and jerseys in response to these demonstrations, which many claim are unpatriotic.
That is what you should get when you are disrespectful towards our country. They must learn the lesson the hard way.
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