Several Browns attracted a lot of attention for their national anthem protests during the preseason, prompting the Cleveland Police Union to say its officers would not hold the American flag for the team’s home opener. Players said those protests were being misinterpreted and wanted to put on a show of unity with its local police and military before the Steelers game.
“Until we start talking about race and equality and building up neighborhoods and working together, we’re not going to be able to solve the problem,” Browns co-owner Dee Haslam told ESPN. “They want to go out and talk about it, and they want to do it with the police force.”
Local Cleveland reporter Mark Schwab said he did not see any Browns players protesting during Sunday’s anthem. In fact, the Browns stood in unison with local police during the anthem. Also of note was the Browns security practicing taking down field-stormers.
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