Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel to support protests against social injustice, police brutality and racism during the national anthem this upcoming season.
In response to a fan post on his Instagram account on Saturday that pleaded not to kneel before him, Mayfield responded: “Pull your head up. I am absolutely
Mayfield was outspoken about the need for more understanding and justice for the nation after the murder of George Floyd, a black man, while in police custody in Minneapolis.
“This is an important time for change,” Mayfeld said Thursday. “It simply came to our notice then. So now everyone is finally coming together and addressing it. And to do it the right way to hold people accountable. “
Mayfield was wearing an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt while working. He later posted another message outlining his position on the walk.
Mayfield writes, “Not everyone who is so upset by my comments understands the reason for kneeling at first.” “I have a lot of respect for our military, the police and the people who serve our country. It’s about equality and everyone is being treated the same because we are all human beings. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s my fault for not being more educated and keeping quiet. “
“It’s okay if I lose fans. I’ve always spoken my mind. And it’s from the heart.”
On Friday, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien said he would kneel with his players if they chose to do it during music.
Earlier this week, without going to O’Brien, new Brown brand coach Kevin Stefansky made it clear that he would support his players in any peaceful protests.
“My position is I want to make sure we support our players,” Stefanski said. “First of all, I want to make sure I sit down and talk to them. I can only promise you, we will spend as much time as possible to make sure we are all on the same page and we are a player, a united front from the staff, you name it (location) ”
Stefansky took part in a peaceful protest last weekend and encouraged his players to “get off the field”.