The National Anthem has been a hot-button issue during this year's NFL preseason, and that continued Monday, with the biggest demonstration to date.
It's safe to say a movement is coming into fruition.
11 Browns players knelt in a circle during the national anthem before Monday's preseason game against the Giants. https://t.co/WGUMZO3i4P— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) August 22, 2017
The 11 players who knelt in a circle were as follows:
The Browns display during Monday's game was notable for its sheer numbers.
Woah. A ton of Browns kneeling during the national anthem here pic.twitter.com/Qv6qSPs6kX— Jordan Zirm (@clevezirm) August 22, 2017
Cleveland coach Hue Jackson recently said he would prefer that his players stand for the national anthem, though he later issued a statement saying his comments were misconstrued.
Whether the Browns players are trying to send a message to their coach, the league or both, they certainly got people's attention. The National Anthem demonstrations, Kaepernick's free-agency and activism from NFL players will be a compelling story to follow throughout the season.