The NFL continues to allow its players to disrespect the American flag, and as a result their TV ratings are down. But the backlash took another step on Sunday as the Cleveland Browns are being snubbed by they city’s first responders.
After seeing some of the football players on the Cleveland Browns decide to take a knee while the nation anthem was played during a pre-season football game, the Cleveland Police Department and emergency services unions rejected an invitation from the Cleveland Browns to hold the American flag during the team’s season opener on September 10.
EMS union president Daniel Nemeth, who served in the U.S. Marines for 8 years, told a local news station that the offer to hold the flag sounded great, but that he could not participate knowing that the Browns players would disrespect the flag by taking a knee.
The Cleveland Browns have not responded to the rejection issued by the police department and EMS, but the organization did say it supports its players in taking a knee.
The Browns are scheduled to open the NFL season Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Taking a knee during the national anthem was started by Colin Kaepernick. The quarterback decided he needed to send a message to America about the abuse he said black people are taking from police.
Last year, Kaepernick made national headlines on a weekly basis by kneeling on the sideline as his fellow San Francisco 49er teammates stood for the anthem. Kaepernick, who recently converted to be a Muslim, is a champion for Black Lives Matter. Other players in the NFL have carried on with what Kaepernick started.
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