Cleveland Browns Ride Out For Colin Kaepernick By Kneeling During National Anthem
The move made by the Cleveland Browns marks the largest group to not stand for the national anthem since Colin Kaepernick began his protest.
It is a sin and a shame that the NFL has refused to sign the talents of Colin Kaepernick because he chose to make a stand against the massive injustices that go on in the country. A storm has been brewing and on Monday night (Aug. 21) — the Cleveland Browns added on to the wave by following Kaepernick lead and opted not to stand during the national anthem.
12 members of the Cleveland Browns took a knee and shared a moment of prayer before their home preseason game against the New York Giants. Other teammates huddled around the group in support. The move marked the largest group of NFL players not to stand during the national anthem since Kaepernick started his protest a year ago. “There’s a lot of social and racial injustices going on in the world right now,” said Browns safety Jabrill Peppers, one of the players who knelt.
“We were just praying for everyone. Everyone thinks that when you reach a certain level, a certain status in life, certain things you’re unaffected by, but that’s not the truth. We’re all human at the end of the day, and we just have to come together at times like these. It was just us being together, a bunch of teammates praying for the world.”
The players who knelt were running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor, tight end Seth DeValve, wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, linebackers Christian Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and running backs Isaiah Crowell and Brandon Wilds.
Crowell and Wilds were not in uniform.
Standing nearby in solidarity were punter Britton Colquitt, cornerback Jason McCourty, quarterback DeShone Kizer, defensive tackle Trevon Coley and offensive tackle Shon Coleman.
Kirksey, who led the prayer group, said the group felt like Monday night was the right time to do it. The game was broadcast on national television.
“With everything you do, you have to have respect,” Kirksey said. “We did it in a way that resembled prayer. We were just praying over the country and praying over things going on. We did it as respectfully as possible, and we respect everything that happened with things in the military. We respect all of that. We just felt it was the right time for us to do this and say a prayer for this country.”