Hue Jackson ‘Hopes’ No Browns Players Protest National Anthem Because It ‘Means A Lot’ To Him
Hue Jackson has a 9-23 overall head coaching record and is currently on the hot seat after coming off a putrid 1-15 season last year.
The current Cleveland Browns head coach not only wants to turn the franchise around, but he hopes they can do it while none of his players take part in a National Anthem protest, as he told Cleveland.com.
“I think everybody has a right to do, and I get it, but the National Anthem means a lot to myself personally, the organization and our football team,” Jackson said, per Dan Labbe of Cleveland.com. “I hope — again I can’t speak, I haven’t really talked to our team about it — I would hope that we don’t have those issues.”
Jackson hinted that a National Anthem protest from one of his players would create a distraction for the entire team.
“I understand there is a lot going on in the world. I like to just keep it here. What we deal with, we try to deal with as a team in our closed environment. We talk about things,” he said. “Hopefully, that won’t happen. I can’t tell you it won’t happen, but I just know our guys, and I don’t think that is where our focus is. We hope the things that are going on in the world get ironed out, but I know right now we are doing everything we can to get our football team better.”
The Browns look to rebound from a terrible 2016 season, as their 2017 campaign kicks off against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 10.