America’s First Responders Strike Back After Browns Players Refuse To Stand For Anthem
The Cleveland Browns made pre-season headlines last month for a non-football related reason: 12 of their players refused to stand for the national anthem during a pre-season game, one of the biggest NFL-related anthem protest to date.
Now, Cleveland-area first responders are firing back.
In the wake of the protest, area-first responders say that if football players don’t want to respect America, the American flag and the national anthem then they aren’t going to hold a large field-size American flag during the national anthem at the Browns’ first game this season.
Local EMS union president Daniel Nemeth explained to WJW-TV: “This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corp. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of.”
Police union president Steve Loomis added: “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?’ So if the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, ‘We want you to help us with the flag,’ that’s hypocritical. We’re not gonna participate.”