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Browns support players who kneeled for national anthem

Browns support players who kneeled for national anthem”

A week after Cleveland Browns coach Hue Jackson said "I would hope that we don't have those issues" in regards to kneeling for the national anthem, the Browns had the largest group of players kneel for an anthem to date.

A group of at least 10 Browns players knelt during the national anthem before Monday night's preseason game against the Giants.

Several fans and critics took to Twitter to discuss the Browns' actions.

Among those kneeling were linebacker Jamie Collins, running back Duke Johnson and wide receiver Kenny Britt.

This time a white man joined in.

"I wanted to take the opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country", tight end Seth DeValve told The Associated Press. Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com noted Jackson's comments followed Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Seattle Seahawks defensive lineman Michael Bennett sitting during the anthem before their respective preseason games. Whether the protests become more effective or not, a white player has joined the protest.

"Because when you bring somebody who doesn't have to be a part of [the] conversation making himself vulnerable in front of it, I think when that happens, things will really take a jump".

Jackson clarified his comments days later saying, "The intent of my comments was not to discourage individual expression from our players in light of a cause that moves them to personal expression". "The issues do impact our players and will compel them to react in many different ways". Kaepernick has not been picked up by a team for the 2017 season, and some observers have attributed his lack of a roster spot to his national-anthem stance.

The Browns sent a statement in response in which they said they supported the country but also their players' decision to kneel.



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