Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield let his position on the anthem protests be known
It seemed as though the idea of the national anthem protests were going to be a thing of the past.
Following a lot of debate in 2017, the issue went quiet in recent seasons but due to the current political climate in America, it has become front and center once again.
This time, it seems as though the message is being heard. At one point, it was believed Colin Kaepernick (the first player to take a knee during the anthem) was disrespecting members of the military. Now with protests covering the nation, it seems as though Kaepernick’s message is being viewed in the way he intended it to.
Some proof of that comes in a recent poll done by the New York Post that shows most Americans now agree with the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback. And clearly, Baker Mayfield of the Cleveland Browns is one who agrees with that poll.
Recently on Instagram, one fan asked Mayfield to please tell him that he wasn’t going to be kneeling. Mayfield quickly responded, which caught the attention of Adam Schefter of ESPN.
In the past, Mayfield hasn’t been overly outspoken on issues of social justice, but it appears that’s set to change. One of the most recognizable faces in the entire NFL, Mayfield taking a knee will be noticed and he doesn’t seem to be the only quarterback doing so in 2020.
Mayfield enters his third season with the Browns and is trying to lead them to their first winning season since 2007. Some might not like his stance on this issue but he’s simply doing what he feels is right.