NFL a mess, Browns have mass protest, EMS, paramedics, and firefighters refuse to hold flag during games
A dozen Browns players created a mess during the most recent preseason game by not standing during the anthem. They created the largest demonstration in the NFL during the anthem since former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick started this lunacy more than a year ago. The elephant in the room is the Browns, Michael Bennett and Kaepernick are ruining the NFL and that pussy Roger Goodell is doing nothing about it.
A group of police officers and paramedics have had enough and are doing something about it. The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association and ILA Local 1975, representing the city’s dispatchers, EMT’s and paramedics, said the Browns came to them weeks ago, and the team wanted city safety forces to hold the flag on the field for the opening game.
EMS union president Daniel Nemeth said it sounded great until a group of Browns players took a knee during the anthem.
“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.
We tracked down police union president Steve Loomis out of state at a police convention.
“I’m here at a national police convention, and soon as they hear that I’m from Cleveland, the first question is ‘What about those stinking Browns?'” Loomis said. “So, 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 stadium sits just steps away from city hall. The FOX 8 I-Team learned the stand being made by the safety forces was discussed by the city’s top brass. A city spokesman said the police have been told the Browns will replace the officers, paramedics and firefighters with members of the military. These stupid protests should sit well with the military also.
This whole mess could have been avoided with stronger leadership from Roger Goodell and team owners. Jerry Jones and Packers coach Mike McCarthy have taken a strong stand but where was the Browns ownership on this issue? Below is the statement the Browns issued at the beginning of the season.
“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. 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.”
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It would take a real idiot to make a mess out of the NFL, but Roger Goodell seems to be succeeding.