The Cleveland Police Department has pulled out of a planned event with the Cleveland Browns and are refusing to participate in the team’s national anthem for the season opener.
On Sunday, Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis announced officers will not hold the flag for the national anthem as planned because of players kneeling for the anthem during the preseason.
So, in essence, the police are protesting the national anthem because of a national anthem protest.
Makes sense, right?
“When management allows you to do those things, then that’s on them,” Loomis said, via Cleveland.com. “It’s hypocritical of the Browns management and ownership to want to have an armed forces first-responder day, and have us involved in it when they allow their players to take a knee during the national anthem. That’s the very representation of what we stand for. That’s why we aren’t going to.
“It’s just ignorant for someone to do that. It just defies logic to me. The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that’s as offensive as it can get.”
The Browns previously released a statement saying they support their players’ rights to kneel for the anthem if they choose. What’s really hypocritical is criticizing people kneeling for the flag while preaching the freedom that the flag represents.
Cleveland opens the season on Sunday, Sept. 10 against the division rival Pittsburgh Steelers.
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