Browns players kneel, show support for social justice
A group of Cleveland Brown players knelt in a huddle during the national anthem before their preseason game against the New York Giants on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017. The Browns were drawing attention to the social problems currently going on around currently through protesting and riots.
According to USA Today, the people who knelt were linebacker Jamie Collins, running back Isaiah Crowell, safety Jabrill Peppers, tightened Seth DeValve, and corner back Jason McCourty.
DeValve told USA Today “The United States is the greatest country in the world. It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does ... This issue is that it doesn’t provide equal opportunity to everybody and I wanted to support my African American teammates who wanted to take a knee.”
McCourty told USA Today, “These guys are trying to do something to stand on our platform and show that no matter what your color is, no matter what your background is , whatever, we can all come together to make the world an better place.”
The Cleveland Browns will try to improve their record from last year, which was 1 and 15, according to ESPN. The Browns will play their first game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept.10, 2017, at 1 p.m. on CBS.