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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Jimmy and Dee Haslam Issue Statement Calling Trump's Comments Divisive, Expressing Support of Players

Posted By on Sun, Sep 24, 2017 at 10:39 AM

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The owners of Cleveland Browns this morning joined a host of other teams around the league in issuing a statement on Donald Trump's recent and repeated comments calling for players who have protested social injustice and police violence, who he referred to as "sons of bitches," to be fired.

Attributed to Dee and Jimmy Haslam, the statement calls out the "misguided, uninformed and divisive comments from the President," and expresses support for the message of unity and awareness espoused by Browns players who have knelt during the national anthem. "We were incredibly moved by the meaningful and powerful dialogue they initiated within our organization," the owners noted.

Jimmy Haslam donated $100,000 to Trump's inaugural committee, as did Dee. Pilot Flying J donated $300,000. The statement is in full below.

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