Baker Mayfield has chosen a side.
Responding to an Instagram user who questioned whether or not he would kneel in protest alongside Cleveland teammates this upcoming NFL season, Mayfield made it known he would join them in protest against racial inequality and police violence in the U.S.
His response left no room for doubt:
Mayfield further expanded his thoughts in an Instagram story post soon after the retort:
Everybody so upset about my comment doesn’t understand the reasoning behind kneeling in the first place… Nate and Kap came to an agreement that kneeling was the most respectful way to support our military while also standing up for equality.
I have the utmost respoect for our military, cops, and people that serve OUR country. It’s about equality and everybody being treated the same because we are all human. It’s been ignored for too long and that is my fault as well for not becoming more educated and staying silent.
If I lose fans, that’s okay. I’ve always spoken my mind. And that’s from the heart.
With civil unrest raging across the country and protests, riots and more stretching from coast to coast following the killings of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor, protests of police brutality should only grow stronger should the NFL season get underway in 2020.
Browns coach Kevin Stefanski is supportive of his players wanting to protest, but also said that it’s something that will be decided upon as a team.