The nonsensical actions of former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick have yet to disappear over the American horizon, and Cleveland’s first responders are not thrilled.
Kaepernick became a household name last season, not for his abysmal play on the field, but for his ability to usurp his own dignity to take a cheap shot at the nation’s law enforcement professionals. The once-competent quarterback began a trendy, anti-American movement by refusing to stand for the national anthem during his time with the San Francisco 49er’s, a move that was soon emulated by a number of players within the league who too were hoping for 15 minutes of fame.
Now, Kaepernick has been benched entirely by team owners and coaches, who recognize that his lackluster abilities aren’t worth the hassle of the circus that comes along with his employment.
In his place, however, a number of misguided meatheads throughout the NFL have taken up his pedantic protest, with the most notable being a group of players from the Cleveland Browns – a perennially horrendous team whose only saving grace is their top slot in the draft nearly every year.
Their protest has backfired, however, as a number of first responders have now refused to participate in their silly publicity stunts.
“Some police officers and paramedics are doing something about it. The Cleveland Police Patrolmen’s Association and ILA Local 1975, representing the city’s dispatchers, EMTs and paramedics, said the Browns came to them weeks ago, and the team wanted city safety forces to hold the flag on the field for the opening game.
“EMS union president Daniel Nemeth said it sounded great until a group of Browns players took a knee during the anthem.
“‘This hit home with me. I am a veteran, an 8-year veteran with the U.S. Marine Corp. So, to disrespect the flag by taking a knee is not something I was going to be a part of,’ Nemeth said.
“We tracked down police union president Steve Loomis out of state at a police convention.
“‘I’m here at a national police convention, and soon as they hear that I’m from Cleveland, the first question is “What about those stinking Browns?”‘ Loomis said. ‘So if the ownership of the Browns and the league are going to allow that type of stuff to happen, and then come to us and say, “We want you to help us with the flag,” that’s hypocritical. We’re not gonna participate.’”
While it is certainly a shame that the giant flag won’t be displayed before the game, a great many Americans will be thrilled to hear why.
These brave men and women work far too hard, and for far too little, to be ridiculed by overpaid man-children who blindly followed Colin Kaepernick into infamy. The protests of these multi-million dollar athletes is nothing more than a pathetic attempt to catch a headline or trend on Twitter, with little, if any real work being done on the backend. We don’t see these players donating to groups who work with police to understand the problems that they claim to be protesting, nor do we have professional athletes leading marches or discussions.
Simply put; the Cleveland Browns are still a joke, no matter how well they play.