More police union fuckery.
Cleveland’s police union says it will not hold the American flag during a ceremony before the Cleveland Browns’ first game because some players knelt during the National Anthem during the preseason.
Cleveland.com reports that Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Steve Loomis made the announcement on Friday as regards the Sept. 10 game.
As reported previously by The Root, on Aug. 21, a dozen Browns players knelt or stood in a circle of solidarity during a preseason game against the New York Giants, including, for the first time, a white player. They also locked arms during the playing of the National Anthem prior to the preseason game against the Bears on Aug. 31.
According to Loomis, doing so was “ignorant,” even though it was days after police stood by and let black people get nearly beat to death or shot during a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Loomis also notedly called on the Browns’ “management” and “ownership” (i.e., the white overseers) to get these “browns” (ha!) in place.
“When management allows you to do those things, then that’s on them,” Loomis said. “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.”
“Professionally, thoughtfully, probably as thoughtfully as any others have,” Brown said. “These are guys that mean well. We really push our guys to be active and conscious about the communities they live in and what goes on around them that might be even larger than football. They do that, and we support them. We respect their efforts to use their platform to make some change and express themselves. I’m actually proud of them.”
Not holding a flag to protest the sanctity of the flag. Right.