Published: Tue, August 22, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

At least 10 Browns players kneel during national anthem

At least 10 Browns players kneel during national anthem

Several Browns players knelt during the national anthem. Some members of the team standing next to the apparent protest - including rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, punter Britton Colquitt and defensive back Jason McCourty - placed their hands on the shoulders of their kneeling teammates.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com, Jamie Collins, Duke Johnson, Seth DeValve, Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis were among the players kneeling before the game.

A number of NY Giants starters, including stars quarterback Eli Manning and wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr., did not play in the exhibition opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

It's going to be hard to single out a player for kneeling during the national anthem when multiple players do it at the same time.

Browns players aren't the only ones this year to join the cause: Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett stayed seated during the playing of the anthem to protest the deadly violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, and Marshawn Lynch also recently took a knee.

At halftime, the Browns released a statement. Kaepernick has not been picked up by a team for the 2017 season, and some observers have attributed his lack of a roster spot to his national-anthem stance.

Hall of Fame tight end and FS1 "Undefeated" host Shannon Sharpe took Jackson to task for his comments, referring to the Browns' second-year head coach as a "clown" for saying that he hoped his players wouldn't protest. However, my words did reflect my concern - that I would express to any player - about protesting during the anthem. I'm disheartened that I gave anyone that impression because I did not speak with enough clarity. "As an NFL Head Coach, I strive to have this same belief reflected in how I lead and value every player on our football team, as well as every individual within our organization". "The issues do impact our players and will compel them to react in many different ways".

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