BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Football is back in Baltimore and some Ravens players used the national spotlight to demonstrate against police brutality against people of color by kneeling during the national anthem.

Ahead of Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns, many players on both teams knelt during the national anthem.

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Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said the team respects the players’ right to protest peacefully.

Baltimore Ravens players kneel during the National Anthem before an NFL football game against the Cleveland Browns, Sunday, Sept. 13, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Terrance Williams)

“We respect and support our players’ right to protest peacefully. This was a demonstration for justice and equality for all Americans. These are core values we can all support,” Bisciotti said in a statement.

“This was not a protest against our country, the military or the flag. Our players remain dedicated to uplifting their communities and making America better,” he continued. “They have proven this through substantive action. They are committed to using their platform to drive positive change, and we support their efforts.”

Students from the Cardinal Shehan School, who went viral for their performance of Andra Day’s song “Rise Up,” sang the national anthem before the game.

CBS Baltimore Staff

Comments (7)
  1. King Julian says:

    the hell with the kneelers

  2. Jrfred Coker says:

    Seems to me the injustice is happening in BLACK communities!!!

  3. Stacey says:

    What’s their solution to stop blacks committing crimes and respect the cops.

  4. Purple Man 2 says:

    It is hard to respect cops when they kneel on a handcuffed man’s neck until he dies, shoot them in the back in view of their kids and so on. Not all cops do that & not all Black people commit crimes, There is plenbty of racism and that is what the players are protesting. They are not protesting the flag the song they made that clear- they have a right to express themselves the same as those who put their hands over their hearts or don’t. Its just a song people. its so funny Trump has a fit when he dodged the draft-kneeling seems so small compared to not serving your country when asked to do so. That a smack in the face of all who died but Trump hates veterans & thinks they are losers.Trump is the loser Listening to a Trumper now told “wearing a mask is patriotic” she says she has freedom of choice- well so do people who kneel.

    1. King Julian says:

      GFY purple nurple

  5. Gregg says:

    NFL players have every right to peacefully protest as we all do. Anyone who honors the US Constitution knows this. Players are just exercising their Constitutional rights, rights people in many countries do not have. Supporting the Constitution is patriotic you do not have to agree with what they say just their right to say it.
    People of all colors commit crimes. Respect and trust are earned. Bad cops destroy trust. So if you think all Blacks are bad then I can think all cops are bad-fair is fair!

  6. Tyree says:

    On the field in not the places for this behavior and that’s why I’m not going to be watching this season. These players kneeling over BS makes me sick and I will not take part in it. As said before, they say nothing about the killings in Baltimore, instead they want people to buy into the BS narrative of it’s all because of police brutality. Meantime Negros are killing each other by the dozens and the white liberal says nothing.

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