Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association President Stephen Loomis said his officers will not hold the American flag as planned for the Browns‘ regular-season opener because players knelt during the national anthem during a preseason game last month.
“When management allows you to do those things, then that’s on them,” Loomis said, per Kaylee Remington of Cleveland.com. “It’s hypocritical of the Browns management and ownership to want to have an armed forces first-responder day and have us involved in it when they allow their players to take a knee during the national anthem. That’s the very representation of what we stand for. That’s why we aren’t going to.”
Cops have a right to sit out supporting the Browns too. If the owners aren’t willing to enforce some decorum on their employees, then let them hold their own flag.