Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield tweeted Saturday that he is reversing course and he will stand for the national anthem.
“After reading many letters and messages… I have been showed that a gesture such as kneeling will only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than be a solution towards our country’s problem at hand,” Mayfield wrote Saturday.
Mayfield had previously said that he planned to kneel for the national anthem.
“I think being in my position, which is a blessing, being out on a platform to where I can speak on issues that are just wrong. Right is right, and wrong is wrong,” Mayfield said in August. “There’s a human rights issue that has been going on for a long time, and I believe in that. It’s nothing against military or anybody who served. Anybody that knows my history knows that I completely support military and the people that serve our country for the right reasons and do it for justice. The people that do not know that, that’s OK — just take your time and take a second to get to know me. It’s a human rights issue. There is right and there is wrong.”
Mayfield’s wife, Emily, reacted to her husband’s decision on her Instagram Story.
“Proud wife,” she wrote.
Mayfield and the Browns are scheduled to open the 2020 regular season on Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens.