The Cleveland Browns may be done with taking a knee during the national anthem, but they are definitely continuing their protest.
After being spurred on by Jim Brown to choose a new method of protesting, Mike Florio of NBC Sports is reporting that the Browns are doing just that and will run a video prior to the start of their game on Sunday against the Steelers.
Per multiple sources, the Browns will play before the anthem a pre-produced video in which players express concerns about racial equality in America. The video, roughly 30 seconds in length, includes messages from tackle Joe Thomas, quarterback DeShone Kizer, linebacker Jamie Collins, linebacker Christian Kirksey, and coach Hue Jackson, among others. It closes with tight end Randall Telfer explaining that the flag isn’t about the red, white, and blue fabric but that it’s about what the flag stands for.
Florio also mentioned that the players and staff want team owners Jimmy and Dee Haslam to stand with the team during the pre-game ceremonies.
The move comes after the Browns generated controversy when 12 players players took a knee for the national anthem during a preseason game. The Kaepernick-esque move led to some backlash against the Browns’ players, with the local police and EMS unions threatening to refuse their duties during the pre-game ceremony.