Are national anthem protests coming to Pittsburgh next?

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"There are NFL players, black and white, who know that if you really want to address police brutality, social justice, inequality in this country, protesting the national anthem is the flawless way for your message to get completely lost", Whitlock said. I wanted to take that opportunity with my teammates to pray for our country and also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do.

Those joining DeValve by taking a knee on Monday were running backs Duke Johnson Jr. and Terrence Magee, safeties Peppers and Calvin Pryor, cornerback Jamar Taylor, receivers Kenny Britt and Ricardo Louis, linebackers Kirksey and Jamie Collins, and running backs Isaiah Crowell and Brandon Wilds (who were not in uniform).

Rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, who stood next to the kneeling players, tells reporters he wanted to support his teammates.

"We took the opportunity to pray for our country and for the men and women in this country during that time", said Cleveland Browns tight end Seth DeValve. "Those guys came to me and talked to me about it before they ever made a decision to do it".

The game was broadcast on national TV, but there are others who say these players disrespected not only the flag, but their country, and the fearless men and women who fought so they could stand there free.

However, the past couple weeks more and more National Football League players are sitting or kneeling during the anthem from Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch and Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett.

Mr DeValve said that he was inspired in part by the recent events in Charlottesville, Virginia, when a white supremacist drove a auto through a group of people on the streets, killing one woman who was attending counter protests to fight racism.

"Ultimately, we thought coming together and praying for our nation was the best outcome that we could have gotten for everyone to come together and express how we feel". As I said before, we respect our flag.

The Browns had the most amount of players of any team kneel during the anthem and many think the recent events in Charlottesville were the main reason, and this was planned by the Browns for awhile. "We who have that platform have to band together to make things right".

On Tuesday, one of those players spoke out.

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