Baker Mayfield Says He Will Kneel for the National Anthem

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Baker Mayfield is no stranger to the spotlight. The third-year Browns quarterback made headlines Saturday, stating on his social media that he would be taking a knee during the National Anthem in the upcoming 2020 NFL season.

In a reply to a fan on his Instagram page, Mayfield responded “I absolutely am” when a fan asked if he was going to take a knee during the Anthem this season in protest to social injustice in America. He would then share on his Instagram story that he did not care if he “loses fans” over his decision, stating that it was “from the heart.”

No matter what your stance is on the protests during the National Anthem, we should now all realize that the meaning behind the message being sent is not meant to be disrespectful. Kneeling during the anthem is not meant to be disrespectful to any who have served, but rather a reminder that social injustice is still a very prominent issue in our nation. Expect many other athletes to follow in Baker Mayfield’s footsteps, and come out in support of the protests in the league.