Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club. Because No News is Bad News.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

A Sampling of Completely Level-Headed Facebook Reviews of the Cleveland Browns After Players Knelt and Prayed During the National Anthem Last Night

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 10:48 AM


Before last night's preseason game against the New York Giants a dozen or so Browns players knelt and prayed on the sideline during the National Anthem in the largest silent protest by an NFL team to date. The group even included tight-end Seth DeValve, the first white player in the league to join the protests.

Coach Hue Jackson had previously spoken out in discouraging his players from protesting and last night said a bunch of gibberish distancing himself from the act and the team, in a statement from a spokesperson, did the same, saying, "As an organization, we have a profound respect for our country’s National Anthem, flag and the servicemen and servicewomen in the United States and abroad. We feel it’s important for our team to join in this great tradition and special moment of recognition, at the same time we also respect the great liberties afforded by our country including the freedom of personal expression.”

Reaction thus far has been predictably level-headed and thoughtful, and that sentiment has been expressed no more clearly than on the Browns' Facebook page last night and this morning, where a wave of considerate, open-minded and un-reactionary (white) fans have blitzed the Review section with 1-star reviews and promises to cease watching or supporting the team, and even one pledge to become a Steelers fan, because if they can't have their football sanitized and scrubbed of individuality and concern for justice in America, they don't want their football at all. Enjoy.



Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Cleveland Scene works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Cleveland and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Cleveland's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 21, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.


© 2020 Cleveland Scene: 737 Bolivar Rd., Suite 4100, Cleveland, OH 44115, (216) 505-8199
Logos and trademarks on this site are property of their respective owners.

Website powered by Foundation