Baker Mayfield has chosen a aspect.
Responding to an Instagram consumer who questioned whether or not or not he would kneel in protest alongside Cleveland teammates this upcoming NFL season, Mayfield made it recognized he would be a part of them in protest in opposition to racial inequality and police violence within the U.S.
His response left no room for doubt:
Mayfield additional expanded his ideas in an Instagram story submit quickly after the retort:
Everyone so upset about my remark does not perceive the reasoning behind kneeling within the first place… Nate and Kap got here to an settlement that kneeling was probably the most respectful strategy to help our navy whereas additionally standing up for equality.
I’ve the utmost respoect for our navy, cops, and people who serve OUR nation. It is about equality and everyone being handled the identical as a result of we’re all human. It has been ignored for too lengthy and that’s my fault as properly for not turning into extra educated and staying silent.
If I lose followers, that is okay. I’ve at all times spoken my thoughts. And that is from the center.
With civil unrest raging throughout the nation and protests, riots and extra stretching from coast to coast following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, protests of police brutality ought to solely develop stronger ought to the NFL season get underway in 2020.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is supportive of his gamers desirous to protest, but additionally mentioned that it is one thing that might be determined upon as a group.