Cleveland police, EMS unions won't hold flag for NFL's Browns after players kneel for anthem

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    What's good for the goose is good for the gander. I'm sure the Browns ownership is just giddy about their employees doing this to their brand.

    Cleveland police, EMS unions won't hold flag for NFL's Browns after players kneel for anthem

    Cleveland police and emergency services unions have declined an invitation from the NFL's Cleveland Browns to hold an American flag for the team's season opener after some Browns players knelt for the national anthem during a preseason game.

    EMS union president Daniel Nemeth told Fox 8 Cleveland on Friday that the offer to participate in a pregame ceremony sounded great until a dozen Browns players refused to stand for the anthem, in support of free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

    Kaepernick, a former member of the San Francisco 49ers, started a firestorm last season when he decided to kneel for the playing of the anthem before games as a protest against mistreatment of blacks and other minorities in the U.S.

    "This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corps. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of," Nemeth said.

    Steve Loomis, the Cleveland police union president, told the station his officers will not participate either.

    “ … if the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, ‘We want you to help us with the flag,’ that’s hypocritical. We’re not gonna participate.”

    The Browns organization has not commented on the decision by the unions to not hold the flag for the first game of the season, but has supported its players in their decision to sit out the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

    “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,” the team said last month. “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.”

    The Browns are scheduled to open the NFL season Sept. 10 against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
     
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    You don't bite the hand that feeds you, but blacks have no common sense....
     
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    Actually there are white kneeling with them also. Race might play a role in this, but there are also those officers who are black who also are standing against this anthem kneeling malarkey.
     
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    They should be on the unemployment line..the owners are to blame for much of it
     
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    I'm fine with all of it, let it be.
     
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    White hands? Not stayin' in their place?
     
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    As do I'm sure the Cleveland police and EMS folks. At the same time, their liberty and freedom of personal expression must be equally respected.

    So don't whine, Browns. It works both ways.
     
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    Actually, until the black players started whining about not being supported by their white NFLPA brethren a few weeks ago, no white NFL player had been involved in the protests.

    Now, with the implied threat from their black Union "brothers", many of the dumber white players are joining in.
     
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    It is a two way street. The police and ems do not want to desecrate the flag.
     
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    But the hands feedIng the NFL are the Black hands of the players. That's why the Brown's management and owners aren't going to do a damn thing. Further, I applaud those players for taking a knee in protest of all those killings of unarmed Blacks by cops.. You MFs don't even think Blacks are human...but you expect them to just be passive and docile while fuggas like you walk all over them.
    The flag is just a symbol... Americans didn't die for the flag...they died to perserve the freedoms that flag represents. When those freedoms and right to life is taken away by those who think nothing of you...what is left? A rag called a flag?
     
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