An Ohio Supreme Court justice and Vietnam veteran slammed a group of Cleveland Browns players who protested the national anthem in the first NFL showing since then 49ers backup quarterbackColin Kaepernick’s anti-police, anti-anthem protests of 2016.
Bill O’Neill posted a Facebook post that has gone viral, criticizing the “draft dodging millionaire athletes,” saying he won’t attend any games anymore this season.
“Shame on you all,” O’Neill said.
Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey told FOX 8 Cleveland News, “Respect to all the veterans, respect to the military — we are not protesting against them. We have our reasons for doing what we did, and last night felt like the right time to do it, and that’s why we did it.”
The Browns’ anthem protest on Monday showed fans like Justice O’Neill one thing: the Cleveland Browns will not be standing for the national anthem this year, for whatever reason.
As Ohio only has two NFL teams, maybe some fans will make the trek from Cleveland to Cincinnati as the Bengals have yet to protest the anthem.
Standing for “The Star-Spangled Banner” may be this season’s way of clinching fair weather fans — aside from a winning record.
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