Cleveland Cops Say They Won’t Participate in Flag Ceremony After Browns Players Kneeled During Anthem
Two weeks ago, as many as 13 different players on the Cleveland Browns put the sports world on notice when they all kneeled during the playing of the national anthem, just before their nationally televised game against the New York Giants.
The backlash was immediate as the Veterans of Foreign Wars Strongsville 3345 announced they would no longer be showing up to games as a result of the kneeling. And now the players have seemingly upset the local police as well.
The players kneeled together to bring attention to social injustice and police brutality against minorities, but Cleveland police are not happy about the disrespect of the flag. They plan on doing something about it during the team’s first game of the season.
“Cleveland’s police union will not be holding the American flag for a pregame ceremony for the Brown’s first game Sept. 10, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis said late Friday.
Union members had planned on participating in the flag ceremony for the first game on Sept. 10 until some Browns players kneeled during the National Anthem before a preseason game, Loomis said in an interview with cleveland.com.
The players not standing for the national anthem is offensive because of the sacrifices that people make that allows these guys to enjoy the success that they have, Loomis said. While they’re benefiting from protection of the flag they are kneeling in disrespect of it, he said.
“It’s just ignorant for someone to do that,” he said. “It just defies logic to me. The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that’s as offensive as it can get.”
So, the Cleveland police are protesting the Browns’ protest of the Flag by essentially disrespecting the flag themselves? You can’t make these things up.