Members of the Cleveland Browns and Cincinnati Bengals stood together with their arms linked together before their match on Thursday.
When the national anthem was going on, the players and coaches from both teams stood in the middle of the field of FirstEnergy stadium. Most of them had their arms linked to each other. It was a display that looked like the moment of unity of Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans. The Moment was booed by fans at Arrowhead Stadium.
Three members of the Cleveland Browns, defensive end Myles Garrett, wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge, and safety Ronnie Harrison opted to kneel during the playing of the national anthem, while the remaining players stood. When asked why he knelt following the game, Garette said it was not his intent to offend any military or police officer.
Garrett said, No disrespect to anyone who served or anyone who is in law enforcement or is currently serving. Anybody who served that I know, I don’t think they take it as a disrespectful thing. It is not that. If we all continue to switch things up, we will worry about that next week. But my decision to do that has been no bearing on my game or my conscience either. After that, I am in game mode.
The act of kneeling during the National Anthem has been a hot button topic in the NFL after Colin Kaepernick started doing it. The kneeling was brought to the sport in the for equality and police brutality. Kaepernick has remained unsigned by any football club after he did so in 2016