Police union refuses to participate in Browns' opening day

Police union refuses to participate in Browns' opening day

Police union refuses to participate in Browns' opening day

They are entitled to say what they feel, just like I've always said about our players.

'When management allows you to do those things, then that's on them, ' he said.

Almost a dozen Browns players knelt in a circle and prayed in silent protest during the anthem before a preseason home game August 21 against the New York Giants.

Loomis also told Cleveland.com that he felt offended because players not are disrespecting those who protect and serve the nation.

This comes after CPPA President Steve Loomis said in a statement that the union members, "decided to pull out of the event after [they] learned the Browns management "supports their players freedom of expression" and that management and their coach knew of and apparently condoned this despicable display".

Regardless of the Browns' stance, we can definitely see why those tasked with serving and protecting would take issue with holding up a flag the players themselves are seemingly protesting. Although the group said they had gathered to pray, they appeared to be showing solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. "The fact that management was aware of what they planned on doing, that's as offensive as it can get", he added.

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"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 told Fox 8.

As reported earlier by The Root, professional football players up until 2009 weren't even on the field during the National Anthem.

When the employees of the Browns are on the clock, they represent management just as we do while wearing a Cleveland Police uniform.

"We're not going to participate in something with the Cleveland Browns when the management and National Football League [front office] condones this behavior".

Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia emphasized to the HuffPost that the police department is not organizing the boycott and that the union "does not speak for" the department.

At the final preseason game on Saturday, Browns players changed course, standing in a line with their arms linked during the anthem. "These are guys that mean well". Our American flag is an important symbol to our great country and we, as officers, will continue to salute it. "I'm actually proud of them".

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