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People Furious When They See What Browns Players Are Doing During National Anthem

Unemployed quarterback Colin Kaepernick may not be able to find a job in the NFL, but he can definitely say that he’s had a lasting impact on the game. That’s not because of anything he accomplished on the field, but rather because he made refusing to stand for the national anthem prior to games a trend. As the Daily Mail shares, the trend continues to grow as the regular season is about to kickoff.

On Monday Night, the Cleveland Browns faced off against the New York Giants in a preseason game. While there were plenty of interesting tidbits from the game for NFL aficionados to digest, one of the biggest takeaways was that more than a dozen Browns players formed a prayer circle on the team's sideline as the national anthem played before the game. Included in that group was Seth DeValve, who is the first white NFL player to kneel during the national anthem.

“I wanted to take the opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country,” he said. “And also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do. And that's why I did what I did.”

Last week, Seahawks player Michael Bennett noted that more white players should take the cue.

“It would take a white player to really get things changed, because when somebody from the other side understands and they step up and they speak up about it...it would change the whole conversation,” Bennett said.

DeValve had no problem taking the ball in that regard, although he wishes he didn’t have to.

“It saddens me that in 2017 we have to do something like that. The United States is the greatest country in the world...The issue is that it doesn't provide equal opportunity to everybody,” he said. “I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there's things in this country that still need to change. I myself will be raising children that don't look like me, and I want to do my part as well to do everything I can to raise them in a better environment than we have right now.”

Browns coach Hue Jackson offered up his thoughts on the anthem protests as he delivered his postgame remarks.

“We respect our players; we respect the flag. Those guys came to me and talked to me about it before they ever made a decision to do it,” he said. “That is the way we feel about it, and we have talked about this. I said at some point in time, they may, and they have. I won't know about the next game until it happens, but again, this was tonight and we will move on from there.”

While the players have every right to protest and speak their minds, a key point gets lost in the shuffle. Sports on television and in the stadiums is an escape for most people. Yes, that includes an escape from politics and political rhetoric. No matter how well-intentioned the protests may be, they can still come across as incredibly off-putting to those that are simply looking to unwind for a little while.

Source: Daily Mail
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