Back in June, in the midst of all the social unrest going on throughout America, Baker Mayfield stated that he would “absolutely” be kneeling for the national anthem when the 2020 NFL season kicks off.
When asked about it again in August by cleveland.com’s Mary Kay Cabot, Baker doubled down on his stance, making it clear that he still had every intention to kneel while the anthem is being played during his team’s week one contest against the Ravens.
Now, with less than 24 hours to go before the Browns take the field for their opener in Baltimore, Mayfield is having a sudden change of heart.
According to the Browns quarterback, after reading messages and seeing what happened during the moment of unity prior to Thursday’s game, it is his belief that kneeling “will only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than be a solution towards our country’s problems at hand.”
Here’s a look at Baker’s full statement:
Needless to say, there were many who weren’t buying Baker’s sudden 180. And some of those individuals took to Twitter to let him have it:
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