Last month, during their preseason, the Cleveland Browns made national headlines after they participated in the largest National Anthem protest in American History. Nearly a dozen players went against their coaches instructions, and they knelt during the anthem instead of standing in a show of respect.
One of the team's linebackers, Christian Kirksey, told reporters, “We were saying a prayer. If anyone was wondering what was going on, we were saying a prayer. We were praying over the country, praying over things that’s going on.”
NFL players have widely protested since Colin Kaepernick started the practice last year. They says it's in protest of police violence and racism. The protests have drawn criticism from a variety of sources, including NFL hall of famers.
Earlier this week, Cleveland’s police unions announced they would be staging their own protest during the pregame flag ceremony. They called the players who kneeled during the anthem “disrespectful.”
But the Browns players didn't do the expected. Instead of kneeling in protest, they linked arms on the field with police officers, members of the military, and first responders.
See their act of unity. This is a much better way to stand up to racism and violence.
This was a far cry from the boycott. Instead of dividing, these two groups stood together. Does this inspire you like it inspires us? Let us know in the comments. Also, don't miss the show of unity coming from another NFL player J.J. Watts and how he's brought people together.