More celebrities hate America now than ever before in US history—from Hollywood liberals to sports teams, it seems that the anti-Trump sentiment is absolutely unparalleled. One team, however, just shocked everyone with what they did in response to the NFL teams refusing to stand for the national anthem.
It started off with Colin Kaepernick, who refused to stand for the national anthem—thankfully, due to national outrage and common sense, he completely lost his career. Unfortunately, however, many other NFL players have jumped on the anti-American bandwagon and have been expressing their attitude towards the national anthem.
The national anthem embodies the true spirit of the American soldier, so when an NFL player refuses to pay it respect on national television, it sends a message loud and clear to the youth of America—their favorite sports players hate this country. While many have boycotted the NFL in response, thankfully, some teams still have the patriotic spirit dwelling inside of them.
Just recently, the Cleveland Browns shocked the entire stadium with what they did when the national anthem played. They gave a poignant demonstration, linking arms with the police officers who fight to keep our streets safe, and standing for the opening ceremony.
USA Today reports:
Cleveland Browns players stood for the national anthem and locked arms with law enforcement and military personnel before Sunday’s season opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Police officers, military personnel and firefighters also ran out of the Browns’ tunnel to cheers prior to the game.
A video featuring messages from players appealing for unity was also played before the anthem.
More than a dozen Browns players opted to kneel and pray during the anthem for their penultimate preseason game. A large group of Browns players stood arm-to arm the following week in the finale.
Elsewhere on Sunday, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch sat during the national anthem. Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett, who last week alleged that the Las Vegas police department racially profiled him and used excessive force in an Aug. 26 incident, also sat again as teammate Justin Britt put his hand on Bennett’s shoulder. Green Bay Packers tight end Martellus Bennett, Michael’s brother, stood during the anthem with his right hand raised in salute.
San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid chose to kneel during the anthem, as he did last year when he followed Colin Kaepernick’s lead in protesting police brutality and racial injustice. Several of Reid’s 49ers teammates stood with a hand on the safety during the anthem.
On Thursday, Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters became the first player of the 2017 regular season to sit for the anthem during the opener against the New England Patriots.
Millions of men died to give us the freedoms and rights that we enjoy, and the national anthem, along with the flag, are symbols which directly reflect this. No, the American flag isn’t “just a flag,” as Obama said—it’s a representation of all the men and women who sacrificed their lives to defend this great country.
Thankfully, this is the type of behavior that we expect from our athletes, and the Cleveland Browns delivered. Every single man, woman, and child watching this should be proud, and should voice their support for this team—even if you’d never thought twice about them before.