On Saturday afternoon, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield reversed course on his decision to kneel during the national anthem this season.
In June, Mayfield responded to a fan on social media who said, “Please tell Browns fans you’re not going to be kneeling this season.” “Pull your head out. I absolutely am,” Mayfield said in response.
Well, the Browns quarterback seems to have had a change of heart. In a lengthy statement posted to social media, Mayfield said he will stand for both national anthems before games this fall.
“After reading many letters and messages over the past few weeks, I have been showed that a gesture such as kneeling will only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than be a solution toward our country’s problems at hand,” Mayfield said in the statement. “With that being said, I am choosing to stand for both anthems to show respect, love and unity to everybody involved.”
— Baker Mayfield (@bakermayfield) September 12, 2020
Mayfield felt the need to address his decision before game day so it doesn’t become a national story.
“I am posting this now so it is not a discussion on game day. And so the discussion can continue to be about how to better our country, instead of divide us. Our team is ready to fight for our goals both on and off the field.”
On Thursday night, the Kansas City Chiefs linked arms during both anthems. The Houston Texans remained in the locker room for the playing of the anthems, but both teams joined on the field for a moment of unity before kickoff.