Cleveland police officers are scrapping plans to hold a ceremony during the NFL season opener after several Cleveland Browns players protested the national anthem.
That’s according to the president of the Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association, Steve Loomis, who said he was offended by the Browns’ players protest during preseason and was shocked “higher-ups” allowed the protest to occur. The president of a local paramedics union seconded the decision.
Before a pre-season game against the New York Giants on August 21, eight Browns’ members knelt during the national anthem. The protest came just a few days after the violent rally in Charlottesville, Virginia where a man drove his car into a crowd of anti-racism supporters, killing a woman.
The team’s management later responded, saying they had “enormous respect” for the national anthem and service members.