Baker Mayfield reversed his stance on the national anthem and announced Saturday that he plans to run for “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the Cleveland Browns take over the Baltimore Ravens.
Mayfield wrote in a statement he has heard from fans and believes kneeling would only add more division.
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“After reading many letters and messages… I have been shown that a gesture such as kneeling will only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than being a solution to our current problem. country, ”he wrote.
“My heart is even more passionate than months ago, because we are not close to being where our country should be. I love this country, but these challenges and adversity are an opportunity for much needed change for problems that have gone on for too long. It will depend on how we deal with adversity and take advantage of our opportunities.
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“I’m posting this now, so it’s not a game day discussion. And so the discussion can continue to be about how to improve our country, instead of dividing us. Our team is ready to fight for our goals on and off the pitch.
He said he would also defend the interpretation of the black national anthem – “Lift Every Voice and Sing”.
The third-year quarterback preached earlier in the year that he would kneel for the anthem and reaffirmed his position last month.
“I think I belong, which is a blessing, to be on a platform where I can talk about issues that are just plain wrong. Good is true and evil is false, ”he told reporters in August, according to ESPN. “There is a long-standing human rights issue, and I believe in it. It is nothing against the military or anyone who served. Anyone who knows my story knows that I fully support the military and the people who serve our country for the right reasons and that I do it for justice. People who don’t know it’s okay – just take your time and take a second to get to know me. It is a matter of human rights. There is good and there is evil. ”
He even wrote on Instagram in June that he was okay with losing fans over his decision to kneel.
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The Kansas City Chiefs and Houston Texans demonstrated ahead of kickoff on Thursday. The Chiefs locked their arms during the Black National Anthem and stepped aside during “The Star-Spangled Banner”. The Texans didn’t come out of the locker room for either song.
The two teams then joined hands in midfield for a moment of unity before the draw. Fans appeared to be booing the players during the moment.