Baker Mayfield made headlines earlier within the offseason when he stated he’d “completely” kneel in the course of the nationwide anthem forward of NFL video games.
A day earlier than the Browns’ season opener in opposition to the Ravens, nonetheless, the quarterback stated he is modified his thoughts. Mayfield in a press release launched on Twitter stated he would stand in the course of the anthem. He says his choice got here after watching Thursday evening’s opening recreation between the Chiefs and Texans and the video launched by Dolphins gamers.
“After watching Thursday’s recreation and in addition watching the Dolphins gamers’ video, it reveals that it isn’t about who’s standing or who’s kneeling for the anthem,” Mayfield stated. “However as a substitute, coming collectively and taking motion to create actual change. Additionally after studying many letters and messages over the previous few weeks, I’ve been confirmed (sic) gesture corresponding to kneeling will solely create extra division or dialogue in regards to the gesture, quite than be an answer in the direction of our nation’s issues at hand. With that being stated, I’m selecting to face for each anthems to indicate respect, love, and unity to all people concerned.”
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Mayfield added that whereas he’ll be standing for the anthem, he respects anybody who might not.
“I’ll respect all of my teammates regardless of their choice,” Mayfield stated. “Now we have had significant discussions on what true change seems to be like, and that change takes all of us being collectively. My coronary heart is much more passionate than it was months in the past, resulting from the truth that we aren’t near being the place our nation must be. I like this nation, however these challenges and adversity are a possibility for a lot wanted change for points which were occurring far too lengthy. It will come all the way down to how we deal with adversity and benefiting from our alternatives.”
He added he needed to announce this choice forward of time as to not create any distractions on Sunday.
“I’m posting this now so it isn’t a dialogue on recreation day,” Mayfield stated. “And so the dialogue can proceed to be about the right way to higher our nation, as a substitute of divide us. Our staff is able to struggle for our targets each on and off the sphere.”
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Whereas Mayfield’s choice to not protest in the course of the anthem happy some, others have been upset by his reversal.
I am writing a e-book the place I’ve interviewed dozens of HS and faculty athletes who kneeled in the course of the anthem. They confronted loss of life threats and scorn with no publicity or fame to indicate for it. @bakermayfield may be taught one thing from their braveness. If bravery was straightforward, we might all be courageous.
— Dave Zirin (@EdgeofSports) September 12, 2020
Baker Mayfield adjustments his thoughts to kneel AFTER followers boo a show of unity not even in the course of the nationwide anthem? That is peak white privilege https://t.co/cnvncZE6Uh
— 𝐄𝐱𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐨𝐩𝐞 (@exavierpope) September 12, 2020
baker mayfield obtained tackled by cops in faculty, he lived after that encounter. however positive, make this out to be about anthem etiquette and a few arbitrary “divisive” tradition, and never about black folks who don’t get to reside after police encounters.
— mike taddow (@taddmike) September 12, 2020
That is the purpose with Baker. Reaped the profit (off the backs of individuals throughout the nation who protested—and particularly black gamers) however when time to truly reside as much as his phrase backs down. It’s such trash. https://t.co/WkqZYqBBBW
— mike freeman (@mikefreemanNFL) September 12, 2020