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Cleveland Browns Players Disrespect American Flag, Police

Cleveland Browns Players Disrespect American Flag, Police
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Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:54 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Fox News reports Cleveland Browns management — which evidently hasn’t been paying a lot of attention to its product — recently invited Cleveland police and emergency service unions to hold one of those oversized American flags during the pre–game ceremonies.

Normally this is a routine request that generates an equally routine positive response. Even if it is the Browns, getting into an NFL game for free still has some value to fans.

In addition cops and EMS technicians are typically patriots and there is always the chance the relatives might see the volunteers on national television.

Only this time it was routine until it wasn’t. During the preseason 12 Browns’ players refused to stand when the National Anthem was played. It was a copycat protest in support of Colin Kaepernick — a jobless quarterback who was raised by white foster parents — who began protesting the "mistreatment of blacks and other minorities in the U.S." at the hands of police last season.

Steve Loomis, the Cleveland police union president, told Fox his officers would not ignore the insult to their professional conduct and the nation they serve, " . . . 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."

EMS union president Daniel Nemeth’s profession hasn’t been insulted, but his love of country has, "This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8­year 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 . . . "

Browns management tried to peddle a spineless and tone–deaf defense of the player’s disrespect, "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 . . . at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country, including the freedom of personal expression."

Only what the players are doing isn’t "personal expression." They are wearing the Browns’ uniform, in the Browns’ place of business and on Browns’ company time. Therefore, their infantile protest is company-condoned.

If the tantrum was "personal" it would take place on the player’s own time at a location outside the stadium, but then I doubt there would be any TV cameras present.

The choice for fans is easy and scalable, but it requires some commitment. If you are completely outraged then don’t watch any of the Browns’ games — which, for football connoisseurs, is not a sacrifice and may be a blessing. In addition write the network broadcasting the game you boycotted, along with the NFL, and inform them of your decision.

If you can’t do without the game, then boycott all the pre-game broadcast and ceremonies. Then write the network and the NFL and tell them your decision and why any advertiser appearing during that time was wasting their money.

We can vote with our eyes and our wallets and we can win this fight. Even better we’ll be showing Cleveland cops and EMS techs the public has their backs.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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Boycott all the pre-game broadcasts and ceremonies. Then write the network and the NFL and tell them your decision. We can vote with our eyes and our wallets and we can win. We’ll be showing Cleveland police and EMS techs the public has their backs.
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