Baker Mayfield doubles down, will kneel for anthem

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Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield promised in June he “absolutely” would kneel for the national anthem this season to protest social injustice.

Despite the heat he has taken since, Mayfield is standing firm on his vow.

“I don’t have any regrets,’’ Mayfield said, via Mary Kay Cabot of cleveland.com. “Right is right, and wrong is wrong. It’s nothing against the military. Anybody that knows me knows I completely support the military. It’s a human rights issue.”

After Mayfield posted video on Instagram of him working out in an “I can’t breathe” T-shirt earlier this summer, a fan asked if Mayfield would kneel for the national anthem this season. “Please tell Browns fans you’re not going to be kneeling this season,” the fan wrote.

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

Receiver Jarvis Landry texted Mayfield and said “much respect.‘’

“Hopefully everyone in the world recognizes the problem,” Landry said. “As professional athletes, we recognize our platform and the need to raise awareness.”

27 responses to “Baker Mayfield doubles down, will kneel for anthem

  1. Those of you who reduce kneeling to disrespect for the military should read carefully:

    “nothing against the military…it’s a human rights issue.”

    Translation: the flag does not only symbolize our military.

  2. I appreciate this young Patriot exercising his right to free speech and standing up for whats right, even though football fans are generally against black lives matter. He’s going to lose a lot of money for this. That’s called courage, and American courage is literally what the anthem was actually written about.

  3. Well said, Baker. Kneeling has NEVER been about disrespecting the flag or the military. It’s about systemic racism and unfairness and we need to stop it. It won’t be easy. It won’t be done soon. But it can and will be done. Peace.

  4. Well, I suppose he’s got to try to win back the locker room in some way.
    He certainly hasn’t done it with his on-field play and overall attitude.

  5. Southpaw says:
    August 14, 2020 at 3:14 pm
    Just another point of failure in a career that will amount to nothing noteworthy

    Soo… using your platform to draw attention to a human rights issue is a failure to you? That statement speaks much more to your shortcomings than his.

  6. The controversy this protest has created does nothing for the cause. Kneeling has alienated fans though. So if the end result hopes were to eliminate half the fan base, success!

  7. I’m just curious. if he felt so strongly about this cause why didn’t he kneel last year. or the year before? it’s pretty easy and convenient to jump on the social justice bandwagon after everyone else already did. I think had a phony.

  8. collectordude says:
    August 14, 2020 at 3:10 pm
    He’ll never lead a team to a Super Bowl.
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    What does that have to do with being a man about what you believe in?

  9. It baffles me how so many people cling to this notion that kneeling during the anthem is disrespecting the military.

    A veteran is literally the person who told Kaepernick to kneel, rather than just sit.

  10. Right or wrong you will see a lot of NFL (ex NFL) fans double down also & not tune in. Kneeling during the anthem is viewed as disrespect. Do it before, do it after, whenever except during the anthem.

  11. If all you folks tune out every player and team that kneels this season you might want to check out curling 🥌 because there won’t be anything for you in the NFL.

  12. The NFL as the employer can establish on the job conduct of their employee’s. The NFL should prohibit all on the job protests of any kind. Failure to follow the rules of conduct should result in dismissal. Of course, the NFL doesn’t have the balls to do any of the above. Now the players can say this was never about the military but the military can still say they find it disrespectful. Pro-athletes are always demanding respect but want to determine what respects means for everyone else. I absolutely reject the idea of systematic racism, white privilege and the legitimacy of ANTIFA and the Black Lives Matter movement.

  13. Does anybody really care what an athlete thinks about politics or socially? People tune into sports to be entertained and escape reality. I hope this hits the NFL really really hard and people leave in droves…

  14. And let’s stop with the term “systemic racism” as systemic refers to the whole system being racist and it’s very untrue!

    So if you call the NFL systemicly racist what you’re really saying is that a league that’s 80% black is completely racist, see how stupid that is.

    Also stop trying to tell us “defund the police” doesn’t mean do away with the police, the word defund ONLY has one meaning “to defund” that’s it, nothing else and if that’s not what they really mean they need to find and use the proper terminology!

  15. BTW to ALL the BLM supporters answer me this question: there have been over 30 black children under 16YO murdered by their own in the last 90 days, name me(without looking them up) just 2 of them? Hell I bet you can’t name a single one! But you all know Brooks and Floyd’s names, 2 felons who spent most of their adult lives in prison or jail, unbelievable!

  16. Wow. All of these “patriots” saying NO! to the 1st Amendment rights of another American that you disagree with. I bet you’re all gung ho about the 2nd amendment though, right?
    You can’t pick and choose, like a hypocritical “Christian” choosing which Bible verses fit their own twisted narrative.
    If you still think that these kneelers are disrespecting the flag and the military, you need to pull your head out of the sand.
    People are dying unnecessarily, and you want to say it’s disrespecting a flag, or the military. You’re actually showing your racist card and trying to discredit the black people who keep getting killed, while UNARMED, by the police. These athletes have a stage that they’re actually using in a way to shine a light on the subject of systemic racism.
    Stop being racist and killing unarmed black people. Give these AMERICANS the right to live, and all of this goes away. Keep acting like white nationalists, and nothing is going to change. Wake up, people.

  17. jnps90 says:
    August 14, 2020 at 4:06 pm
    Right or wrong you will see a lot of NFL (ex NFL) fans double down also & not tune in. Kneeling during the anthem is viewed as disrespect. Do it before, do it after, whenever

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    You’ve had four years to stop paying attention.

    Why are you still here?

  18. You’ve had four years to stop paying attention.

    Why are you still here?

    Many of us have been watching NFL Football since long before you were a fetus in your mama’s womb! Why have we been watching for so long? I’m sure with a bit of effort even you can answer this question…YES, because we love the game. It’s like baseball and apple pie. We love the game and it’s very difficult to just turn our backs and turn away. Some of us actually have to choose between the love of this game and the love for our Flag and our country. It’s not easy and some of us are hoping that somehow, this foolishness will end but make no mistake, if it continues all of us have our limits and will eventually follow suit with the thousands who have already had the strength to turn away from the game they love. Many of you insist that we aren’t true Americans if we cannot respect the rights of those to express themselves. We are NOT trying to deny you of your right to protest whatever you choose to protest. WE continue to insist that if it is not about the flag of our country or the thousands who have given their lives to protect your right to protest and others who have risked their lives protecting the same, then I would strongly encourage you to demonstrate your honorable intention by doing your protesting at anytime other than the few minutes that we set aside to honor that flag and those who have made that ultimate sacrifice. Protest before the National Anthem, protest after it, but do not Kneel before our great flag and then insist that there is no disrespect intended! Timing is everything! If your heart is not to demonstrate and disrespect our flag or our brave soldiers, then do it at anytime other than when we take out to show respect to that flag and our soldiers. You want us to respect your right. When are you going to display that you’re willing to respect our feelings! Do the right thing. Again, nobody says you can’t protest….Knock yourself out. Just don’t do it while the respect is given to our flag and our troops. It is much easier to demonstrate your disatisfactions but would you be willing to lay your life on the line to protect the rights of others as so many of our troops have done for you?

  19. therealtrenches says:
    August 14, 2020 at 6:19 pm

    jnps90 says:
    August 14, 2020 at 4:06 pm
    Right or wrong you will see a lot of NFL (ex NFL) fans double down also & not tune in. Kneeling during the anthem is viewed as disrespect. Do it before, do it after, whenever

    —————

    You’ve had four years to stop paying attention.

    Why are you still here?
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    Because it hasn’t been as bad as it is now!

  20. mjimmym says:
    August 14, 2020 at 3:42 pm
    I’m just curious. if he felt so strongly about this cause why didn’t he kneel last year. or the year before? it’s pretty easy and convenient to jump on the social justice bandwagon after everyone else already did. I think had a phony.
    _________________________________

    A better question is: If these players felt so strongly about this cause for years then why haven’t they used their own money and their own time to call attention to this years ago, nothing was stopping them? But NOOOOOO they have to hi-jack the NFL, NBA and other stages as a platform to throw it in the fans faces and it’s going to back-fire HUGE, it’s going to cost them millions and the NFL billions, BRILLIANT!

    These players are no better than the looters that call themselves protesters, they both stole something that wasn’t theirs to take!

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