Members of the Cleveland Browns kneel during the national anthem before an NFL preseason football game between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Browns, Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, in Cleveland. (Photo RON SCHWANE/AP)
Take a knee in protest during the National Anthem
It worked out so well for Colin Kaepernick
Browns head coach Hue Jackson said last week he "would hope we don't have those issues," when asked for his thoughts on players protesting during the national anthem.
Much to Jackson's dismay, he had to deal with "those issues" on Monday.
A large group of Browns players knelt behind the team's bench in a circle during the national anthem prior to the team's 10-6 win over the Giants on Monday.
Linebacker Jamie Collins, 2017 first-round pick Jabrill Peppers and wide receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis were among the players who knelt during the national anthem.
The Browns released a statement addressing the protest, per Cleveland.com
(They rollover, of course)
"As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country’s National Anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad. We feel it’s important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression.”