Baker Mayfield 'absolutely' will kneel during national anthem

Baker Mayfield ‘absolutely’ will kneel during national anthem

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel through the nationwide anthem this future time to assist protests of social injustice, law enforcement brutality and racism.

In answering a submit from a admirer on his Instagram account Saturday that pleaded with him not to kneel, Mayfield responded: “Pull your head out. I totally am.″

Mayfield has been outspoken about the will need for extra knowledge and justice in the nation subsequent the killing of George Floyd, a black male, even though in law enforcement custody in Minneapolis.

“It’s a pivotal time for alter,” Mayfield explained Thursday. “What’s getting tackled now clearly has been heading on for a very long time. So now everybody’s last but not least coming with each other to deal with it. And executing it the ideal way of keeping persons accountable.”

Mayfield wore an “I Just can’t Breathe” T-shirt whilst operating out. Afterwards, he posted an additional concept outlining his stance on kneeling.

Baker Mayfield
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“Everybody so upset about my comment does not understand the purpose guiding kneeling in the 1st area,” Mayfield wrote. “I have the utmost regard for our army, cops, and men and women that provide OUR region. It is about equality and everyone staying dealt with the exact same since we are all human. It’s been ignored for way too very long and that it my fault as effectively for not starting to be extra educated and keeping silent.”

“If I lose fans, that’s Ok. I have normally spoken my intellect. And that’s from the coronary heart.”

On Friday, Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien claimed he would kneel with his players if they selected to do so for the duration of the anthem.

Before this 7 days, whilst not heading as considerably as O’Brien, new Browns mentor Kevin Stefanski built it distinct he would back again his players in any peaceful demonstrations.

“My place is I want to make sure I guidance our gamers,” Stefanski mentioned. “First things 1st, I want to make positive I sit down with them and talk. … I can just guarantee you this, we will spend as a lot time as desired to make guaranteed that we are all on the very same webpage and we are a united front from a participant, workers, you name it (standpoint).”

Stefanski attended a peaceful protest past weekend and has inspired his players to “get in the arena.”