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Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins was very clear about his stance on a recent controversial event by wearing a shirt during warmups saying "Justice for Tamir Rice - John Crawford" on the front and "The Real Battle of Ohio" on the back. The Cleveland police were definitely not amused. "It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law," Jeff Follmer, head of the Police Union said. "They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium, and the Browns organization owes us an apology." The Browns replied with a statement that said: "We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city. We also respect our players' rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner." Is this not the same police who will never apologize for anything they do? They definitely did not apologize for killing the 12-year-old shot by a Cleveland police officer while he was carrying a toy gun in a Cleveland park, yet they except an apology from a sports team? What do you think about this?
@Spudsy2061 My point is that this is still a job. These guys are still professionals. It would not be unreasonable just to say that people should dress according to team standards. Maybe I am too business-like lol @EightyNine the NFL is a business, after all
@Goyo True to a point. There was issue much like this last year in Europe when the English squad were almost barred from wearing poppies on their shirts in support of Remembrance Day, but again I think it's more a division between political campaigns/protests & charity organizations. Another thing to remember is that political campaigns are not non-profit.
@EightyNine Support breast cancer, etc, are organizations that usually have some type of affiliations to the NFL. I would say that the best way to go would be to ban anything but standard team uniform. Isn't this what we all are expected to do at our job anyway? We have a dress code no? lol Outside of the office we can wear whatever we like
@EightyNine Understand the point but Breast Cancer is 1) not really a political statement or campaign and 2) is a league wide supported event that the players usually do not have any say in anyway.
@Goyo Because horses for courses to be fair. It's not their station to be making public statements like that. It's not that they can't have an opinion, it's the fact that the football field isn't the place to express it.
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