CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield strategies to kneel all through the nationwide anthem this upcoming period to assistance protests of social injustice, law enforcement brutality and racism.
In answering a article from a lover on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to kneel, Mayfield responded: “Pull your head out. I certainly am.″
Mayfield has been outspoken about the require for extra comprehending and justice in the country adhering to the killing of George Floyd, a black person, while in law enforcement custody in Minneapolis.
“It’s a pivotal time for modify,” Mayfield stated Thursday. “What’s getting tackled now naturally has been heading on for a prolonged time. So now everybody’s lastly coming collectively to deal with it. And undertaking it the ideal way of holding folks accountable.”
Mayfield wore an “I Cannot Breathe” T-shirt whilst functioning out. Later, he posted another concept outlining his stance on kneeling.
“Everybody so upset about my remark does not realize the rationale behind kneeling in the very first position,” Mayfield wrote. “I have the utmost regard for our armed forces, cops, and people that serve OUR region. It is about equality and every person being handled the similar for the reason that we are all human. It’s been disregarded for too lengthy and that it my fault as nicely for not becoming more educated and keeping silent.”
“If I shed supporters, that’s Alright. I’ve usually spoken my thoughts. And that is from the coronary heart.”
On Friday, Houston Texans coach Invoice O’Brien stated he would kneel with his players if they selected to do so all through the anthem.
Previously this 7 days, though not going as far as O’Brien, new Browns mentor Kevin Stefanski built it obvious he would back his players in any tranquil demonstrations.
“My posture is I want to make certain I assist our gamers,” Stefanski mentioned. “First issues to start with, I want to make positive I sit down with them and chat. … I can just assure you this, we will shell out as much time as needed to make certain that we are all on the exact same website page and we are a united front from a participant, team, you name it (standpoint).”
Stefanski attended a tranquil protest past weekend and has encouraged his players to “get in the arena.”