Colin Kaepernick doesn’t have to be on an NFL team to watch the continuation of what he started last year.
Before Monday’s preseason game against the New York Giants, 11 Cleveland Browns players took a stance during the national anthem by kneeling, and perhaps praying, in a group.
The players who took a knee during the anthem include:
Chris Kirksey, Seth DeValve, Duke Johnson Jr., Ricardo Louis, Isaiah Crowell, Terrance Magee, Jamar Taylor, Jamie Collins, Gabriel Peppers, Calvin Pryor, and Kenny Britt.
Additionally, there were also several players who stood nearby the players bending their knees seemingly in solidarity.
The Browns have since released an official statement:
“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."
Head coach Hue Jackson said he supported his players’ right to take a stand as long as it was “peaceful and he had advance notice," ESPN reported.
It's probably safe to expect more of this during the upcoming NFL season.