Baker Mayfield: “I absolutely am” kneeling for national anthem

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Baker Mayfield worked out in an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt on Saturday, posting video on Instagram. It prompted a fan to ask if the Browns quarterback would kneel for the national anthem this season.

“Please tell Browns fans you’re not going to be kneeling this season,” the fan wrote, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com.

Mayfield replied with a pointed answer: “pull your head out. I absolutely am.”

Mayfield has spoken out since George Floyd’s death May 25 at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer, and he now plans to back up his words in the pregame by joining teammates in protesting social injustice and police brutality.

Browns coach Kevin Stefanski said earlier this week that the team has not yet discussed the anthem. The Browns are forming a leadership council, which will take the lead on the issue.

“The honest answer is I don’t know,” Stefanski said. “I want to make sure when we get together, that’s one of many issues we need to talk about in this movement, if you will. That’s something that I promise you we will spend as much time as necessary as an organization listening to each other, understanding each other and then we will make a decision together. I hesitate to say because I want to make sure that I am sitting with our guys on things like that.”

94 responses to “Baker Mayfield: “I absolutely am” kneeling for national anthem

  1. No one will be looking at who is kneeling. Everyone will be looking at who is not kneeling and condemn them for now blindly go along.

    The mob has ruled.

  2. And all across America on a Saturday afternoon, the heads of thousands of PFT readers & football fans explode.

  3. Seems the majority of NFL players, regardless of race, are united in social and racial justice!

    Any word from Nick Bosa yet?!

  4. You can kneel for the National Anthem Baker, and your fellow football teammates who choose to kneel can kneel as well, and I hope as you’re kneeling you’re saying THANK YOU to the men and women who have DIED honoring that flag so that your right to kneel is protected. Then when you’re done kneeling I hope to see you, and your fellow football players, in Chicago marching thru the streets asking the shooters to put down their guns this 4th of July weekend, because there has been close to 300 shootings over the 4th of July in Chicago over the last 3 years, and that was with over 1,500 officers patrolling the streets over that long hot holiday weekend. I haven’t seen YOU or your fellow football players in Chicago yet organizing a single rally against the violence that plagues that city. I haven’t heard YOU or a single one of your fellow football players talk about the issues facing the inner cities of this country. All you seem to care about is bashing the very owners who pay your salaries even tho those same owners do more for charities in a single year than most business owners do in a lifetime.

  5. It doesn’t take guts to join a mob Baker. I expect most Gutless NFL players to jump on the pile too. Who Cares?

  6. You don’t kneel at a funeral. you don’t kneel at a wedding ceremony. You don’t kneel at a graduation. All would bring atttention to you and it would be disrespectful. Do you get it now kneelers?
    Anyone looking for decent Browns season tickets? I’m selling them if this is what football has become.

  7. sbc2556 says:

    Seems the majority of NFL players, regardless of race, are united in social and racial justice!
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    Like 2% have made statements. Are you aware how many players there are?

  8. Mayfield you need to focus on your football career last year you expressed your views on everything and anything and your season was a mess, you need to keep your political views to yourself and focus on your footwork

  9. SwaggyD says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:25 pm
    Never been prouder of my QB! Go Browns! Equality for all!

    While he hasnt done anything on the field, i guess you can be proud of what he plans on doing. He should focus on learning to play.

  10. Who cares what he does,I could care less about his or any other players opinion.I just want to watch football without politics.The ratings will drop again,they didn’t learn anything from last time.Between rule changes and weak leadership the NFL will be gone in 15 years.

  11. He’d better say that. Go ask Brees what happens when you dare have a different opinion.

  12. Good for you, Baker! You’ve just made me a fan of yours for life! There’s no better way to demonstrate your leadership than to kneel in solidarity with all your fellow African-American team and league mates!

  13. Those who do kneel will pay a price, and those who don’t kneel will pay a price.
    Pick your side. These are interesting times.

  14. Who gives a pound of crap what you do. Take your sports, NFL and the rest and shove it. Because of that flag, and the anthem is why you can do your stupidity. Remember the men and women who gave their lives so you can be an idiot. I don’t care who likes this or doesnt, but I am fed up with all of it and I will never apologize for what I say or the color of my skin.

  15. “Pull your head out”. What an eloquent phrase by Baker Mayfield to give taking a knee the reverence he must think it deserves.

  16. While Baker is being a bit of a follower here, following the example set by Dwayne Haskins’ commitment to social justice, props to Baker for not being too prideful to emulate the example set by a younger player just coming off his rookie year. That maturity will serve him well this year on the field and off. Thanks for joining the cause Baker.

  17. Mike, I agree with getting rid of the comments section as it’s fill with racist and neandethals.

  18. Wouldn’t it be great if all these players who said they are going to take a knee found out that the NFL decided to pull the anthem from the start of each game. Then what?

  19. Joe B says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:20 pm
    No one will be looking at who is kneeling. Everyone will be looking at who is not kneeling and condemn them for now blindly go along.

    The mob has ruled.

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    The mob has always ruled.

    That’s how freedom works.

  20. Every single police officer in the country should take the first week of July “off” with the flu. You want to see how “bad” the police really are, let them all stay home for a week. I can tell you, I will be fine, I have “friends” who will help me out, I suspect many people here have similar “friends” at home. Lets see how it goes with ZERO police nationwide – State and local. Baker Mayfield might be ok, I assume he owns some friends also, some of the media, might not be ok.

  21. The NFL will be gone in 15 years lmaooo
    Nfl/afl has been around 100 years and it’s only getting stronger.
    You think the Jones family will all of a sudden go broke?? The cowboys function as its own company. How about the Mara fam? Or th Rooney’s? Nah fam NFL is doing great.
    Black Lives Matter. Go pray to Hitler

  22. silveradomaggie2019 says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:51 pm
    Who gives a pound of crap what you do. Take your sports, NFL and the rest and shove it. Because of that flag, and the anthem is why you can do your stupidity. Remember the men and women who gave their lives so you can be an idiot. I don’t care who likes this or doesnt, but I am fed up with all of it and I will never apologize for what I say or the color of my skin.

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    No one wants you to apologize boomer, just letting you know your outnumbered at this point and there will be no making American like it used to be or whatever the slogan is. Time to make the world better and leave behind the un-evolved.

    As if evolution ended……

  23. Do you know our present day American Flag was basically the UNION Flag 34 stars at the time ,,The Union , the same Union that fought to free slaves !

  24. Guess what Athletes, if your NFL folded tomorrow America wouldn’t even feel it , now say if all teachers , police officers or any kind of laborer that keeps the country going so you can at least flush a toilet decided to all quit now we have a problem …. actually we should defund the NFL so ticket prices would be reasonable for a regular Joe to afford to go to a game also I don’t even have a home state NFL team to cheer for … hmmmm sure seems like I’m being put on the outside looking in … equality for ALL , I’m down with it.

  25. NFL players have no credibility on the issue of social justice unless they demand Washington change the hateful name of their team.

  26. In all honesty the middle class are the people who pay for this stuff. Also, they are usually the ones who serve so either way the NFL looses. Lastly, the majority of ticket purchases (based on the NFL marketing) are geared toward white middle class Americans….

  27. Why are people here so concerned about the NFLs ratings. If the players don’t care and even the owners are now supporting kneeling, why does the average fan really care about ratings.

  28. If they said they were jumping off a cliff. Mayfield would follow, he is not a leader.

  29. The NFL will be gone in 15 years lmaooo
    Nfl/afl has been around 100 years and it’s only getting stronger.
    You think the Jones family will all of a sudden go broke?? The cowboys function as its own company. How about the Mara fam? Or th Rooney’s? Nah fam NFL is doing great.
    Black Lives Matter. Go pray to Hitler
    *******************************************************************************************

    Congratulations, you win the PFT award for the funniest post of the day!!

  30. You ever notice that most of the comments on PFT are from people who don’t live anywhere near an NFL team?

  31. Yes, we should definitely overlook all the crime, drugs and destruction a lot of these people have caused. Yes we should definitely kneel to these totally misunderstood choirboys.

  32. 3percenter4life says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:34 pm
    You can kneel for the National Anthem Baker, and your fellow football teammates who choose to kneel can kneel as well, and I hope as you’re kneeling you’re saying THANK YOU to the men and women who have DIED honoring that flag so that your right to kneel is protected.

    —-

    I never asked for a thank you. Maybe because I never felt disrespected. I didn’t fight for a song, or a flag. I fought for the American people, rights and all. Might consider that in your judgment. Those who reduce this to a flag or an anthem are part of the problem. Stop being part of the problem.

    Oh, and I still fought for you.

  33. The virtue-signaling is getting out of hand. Some actors released a phony video the other day where they were crying, ashamed to be white. They got roasted by the BLM movement. So will these false acts of solidarity. Where was everyone even 3 months ago? How much money has Baker donated to BLM before now? This is all such garbage. It’s just a way to not get attacked by people like MF for not towing the line

  34. Kids. I really see this and admire MLK. He faced adversity, racism, segregation, death threats and dealt with it with first hand knowledge on a local level. I guess when your parents eat gummies and still use coloring books, this is the end result. What is accomplished through this internet reasoning of no facts involved?

  35. Nate Boyer, a former Green Beret, met with Kaepernick in 2016 to discuss him sitting for the anthem.
    “We sorta came to a middle ground where he would take a knee alongside his teammates,” Boyer says. “Soldiers take a knee in front of a fallen brother’s grave, you know, to show respect.”
    This is why he kneels instead. Boyer himself says it’s a way to show respect for fallen soldiers. You don’t have to agree, but the whole thing is being framed incorrectly.
    P.S. Baker sucks at football regardless.

  36. At this stage, I’d be grateful for a player just being able to stand without being destroyed. The past few weeks a lot like the French Revolution. Next, they’ll be tearing down monuments of “impure” historical figures…oh, wait, they already started that. The guillotine comes next for those who dare to resist the mob.

  37. Who gives a pound of crap what you do. Take your sports, NFL and the rest and shove it. Because of that flag, and the anthem is why you can do your stupidity. Remember the men and women who gave their lives so you can be an idiot. I don’t care who likes this or doesnt, but I am fed up with all of it and I will never apologize for what I say or the color of my skin.
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    A fricken men!

  38. Joe B says:

    “The mob has ruled.”
    ********************************************
    Sincerely,
    The Cult

  39. 3percenter4life says:

    June 13, 2020 at 6:34 pm

    You can kneel for the National Anthem Baker, and your fellow football teammates who choose to kneel can kneel as well, and I hope as you’re kneeling you’re saying THANK YOU to the men and women who have DIED honoring that flag so that your right to kneel is protected. Then when you’re done kneeling I hope to see you, and your fellow football players, in Chicago marching thru the streets asking the shooters to put down their guns this 4th of July weekend, because there has been close to 300 shootings over the 4th of July in Chicago over the last 3 years, and that was with over 1,500 officers patrolling the streets over that long hot holiday weekend. I haven’t seen YOU or your fellow football players in Chicago yet organizing a single rally against the violence that plagues that city. I haven’t heard YOU or a single one of your fellow football players talk about the issues facing the inner cities of this country. All you seem to care about is bashing the very owners who pay your salaries even tho those same owners do more for charities in a single year than most business owners do in a lifetime.

    ==========================================
    Please name any NFL player who has disparaged the military.

  40. So odd that not one player is a public voice to stop the black on black violence that plagues inner cities. One would think that one of these elite athletes that rose out of those tough upbringings would try to be the up front and vocal point of change.

    Well, maybe tomorrow some athlete will step up.

  41. You don’t kneel at a funeral. you don’t kneel at a wedding ceremony. You don’t kneel at a graduation. All would bring atttention to you and it would be disrespectful. Do you get it now kneelers?

    ————

    You kneel when you PRAY! Yes, we get it……

  42. Lol some religious lunatic on here thinks “evolution” exists.

    Ie life coming from non life, life coming from a lack or consciousness, life turning into different species.

    All insane, impossible, undemonstrable, unscientific fantasies that exist no matter in reality.

    What a mental patient.

  43. It is pointless for these athletes to kneel – first of all, it obviously didn’t have any affect when Kapernick did it before, and secondly, everyone is finally aware of how serious the issues of police brutality are – kneeling now is like beating a dead horse. Plus, kneeing during the National Anthem is absolutely disrespectful to the hundreds of thousands of military men and women, from all races, religions, and cultures, who died fighting for this country. The whole point of playing the anthem at EVERY American sporting event and standing for it is to show respect for those who have died – doing anything else is disrespectful. There are plenty of other ways for these athletes to make a difference – how about meeting with local government officials to make real changes – instead of faking it by kneeling and disrespecting men and women who were real warriors.

  44. National anthem is to praise our fallen heros who fought for the “Land of the free” and “Liberty and Justice for all”. So figure out another way to show “anti-police brutality” by not taking a knee and stop being a follower. Be a leader and show your beliefs in another way.

  45. How things change. Now the players who stand at attention for the anthem with their hands over their hearts will be called out as racists for NOT kneeling. Unbelievable. NFL would be smart to just get rid of the anthem.

  46. The 2nd sentence of his quote was omitted….”if I lose fans, that’s okay.” My guess is that at least 25% of Browns fans just checked out….OK?

  47. As a middle-aged white guy, I truly wish all the other middle-aged white guys that post here and downvote everything that even mildly triggers them….

    Do you really think We don’t have serious issues in our country and that this is all a mirage? It would be a great thing if we could stop dividing ourselves by perceived political ideologies, drop the weapons, and listen. Are we all too far gone? Serious question. Downvote away if you are triggered by this.

  48. Was always a fan of Baker, but I am glad I found out who he really is. No more a brownie fan,as well as, many of my friends. Baker, please tell me why showing disrespect to our flag, answers to you being an American? I think you have made yourself look pretty silly and foolish, and I am glad to find out your true self.

  49. Ok, someone help me out please…it’s all BLM this and BLM that. But what I don’t understand is what on earth does the Bureau of Land Management have to do with any of this?

  50. and I’m absolutely not kneeling in front of the flag. Shouldn’t we all get our 2 cents in.

  51. mackcarrington says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm
    And all across America on a Saturday afternoon, the heads of thousands of PFT readers & football fans explode.

    Escecially significant given they he won’t be playing on Saturday.

  52. Just another sell out….protest because you believe in it….okay but to sell out so you can say you did…..very weak

  53. So riddle me this…what street in the US would any black person be scared to walk down? Yeah, how about none. Now what street would any white person be scared to walk down? Umm, yeah a lot. South side of Chicago? Harlem? Queens?

  54. Please cancel the NFL season until this is resolved. Maybe these players will try to get a real job and become essential for once in their lives.

    Boycott the NFL. They talking big now, but when nobody in attendance and the NFL is NOT FOR LONG…..they will beg to stand.

  55. So when are they going to stop kneeling? At this point, people really don’t care if everyone is doing it. It will just be another thing that Americans stop paying attention to because the American attention span is about 2.5 seconds. Heck, the media has already started moving back to COVID.

  56. I cannot help but wonder….is Mayfield and any other of these newly enlightened kneelers taking this point of view because they actually believe in this cause?…..or are ther doing it so that they will not be ostracized to the point of overkill, a la Drew Brees and family?

  57. If he really wants to show the world he shouldnt just kneel he should change his profile picture to all black that way he can really support the movement. I mean how else could a millionaire help otherwise? He couldnt donate money that just wouldnt have the same effect as kneeling during the anthem lol

  58. If the NFL is smart they would just get rid of the national anthem altogether and instead have a minute of silence before the game and players, fans, and cheerleaders can kneel, stand, or sit as they feel is necessary during that minute and reflect.

  59. imanidiot says:
    June 13, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    mackcarrington says:
    June 13, 2020 at 6:22 pm
    And all across America on a Saturday afternoon, the heads of thousands of PFT readers & football fans explode.


    Escecially significant given they he won’t be playing on Saturday.

    ==========================================
    Yes. Your screen name says it all. I’m talking about TODAY! Saturday June 13,2020

  60. Well we know now what you are practicing and it is not the play book. Rex Ryan had you pegged right all along. Mayfield said a few weeks ago I am not going to say anything and let my play do my talking lol that did not last long. Browns will drafting high again next season. Poor fan base. I feel sorry for the brown fans.

  61. Simple solution: Play the “Star Spangled Banner” and Lift Every Voice and Sing at every North American sporting event and require everyone one to stand!! Problem solved!!!

  62. You and all the other snowflakes will be kneeling in our PC world and all the ones standing will get vilified

  63. PFT has gone to great lengths to say that kneeling is not about disrespecting the flag, eventhough, Kaepernick said, “he could not stand to honor a flag of a country…”.

    So if it’s not about disrespecting the flag, then it must be about protesting the police. That’s fine. Protest the police. They are racist murderers. OK. Now what if the police decided to boycott the NFL. NFL players love the police, when they are getting police escorts to the game or to the airport, or when the police are protecting their hotel from fans on away trips, or when they are stationed throughout the stadiums protecting the players from 80,000 drunk and unruly fans. How would the players who are kneeling to protest the police feel when the police decided not to show up at their games to protect them? How would they feel about some 18 year old rent-a-cop protecting the playing field from the fans on gameday? If I were a cop, I would not want to protect players who before the game crapped all over me. The police union should boycott all sporting events where the players kneel and protest them. NFL Games would turn into British football.

  64. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”

    -Colin Kaepernick

  65. The milestone would come when a high-profile White player would kneel. Will be interesting to see if Baker Mayfield is one of them. What about Aaron Rodgers? Drew Brees? that will be the most noteworthy thing. what will the White NFL players do?

  66. That’s all fine and great that you decide to kneel for an injustice amongst the black lives and a change is necessary but if you think just kneeling is all you have to do then you are not contributing to any change. It’s what you do besides kneeling especially professional athletes who are in a position to use their platform. Don’t get complacent n think just because you kneeled during a football game that’s all that needs to be done. Get out there and help contribute to the much needed change that this kneeling in protest is used to make people aware. We can’t change anything if we don’t do anything after creating awareness

  67. Saluting while not in uniform was also considered disrespectful but that changed after 9/11. Taking a knee can be a sign of respect and it was recommended to Kaepernick by a Seal who also noted that soldiers often kneel before a fallen comrade. Traditions can evolve as we did with saluting. Taking a knee during the anthem does not disrespect the Flag or veterans. It merely adds the statement that more is needed to make our country a “more perfect union”.

  68. We only kneel in houses of worship maybe you can show solidarity by meeting in the middle of the field either prior or after the game and take a knee together, but leave the flag out of it!

  69. It’s Baker’s last year int the NFL as he is the worst rated QB among starting QBs.
    Facts speak for themselves. He’s irrelevant .

  70. Does anyone believe these morons. Its all about the flag. Give me one time any of these Einsteins kneeled when the flag wasn’t involved. Why don’t they kneel during the coin toss.

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