The Columbus Dispatch reported that an Ohio judge stated he wouldn’t support “draft dodging millionaire athletes” because of the silent protest by few Cleveland Browns football players.
The verdict was delivered Tuesday on an Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O’Neill’s Facebook page.
He is a Democrat elected to the Ohio Supreme Court back in 2012.
“Unfortunately, my season ended last night,” wrote O’Neill on Tuesday. “Shame on you all.”
Jabrill Peppers, Ricardo Louis, Jamie Collins and Kenny Britt were the brown players which go down on their knees at pre-season contest against the New York Giants. Britton Colquitt, Shon Coleman, Jason McCourty and DeShone Kizer, were the players who stood but showed their support by placing a hand on their knelt teammates.
This is one of the largest protests by NFL players coming after former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick refused to stand up for the national Anthem in 2016.
Kaepernick knelt during the pregame ceremony last season to draw attention to “a country that oppresses black people and people of color.”
“A lot of us, and a lot of people in football, were furious about what happened in Charlottesville. As NFL players, we have the power to remind everyone that we are all Americans. We shouldn’t be pitted against one another,” McCourty stated for Bleacher Report.
Even though the Baltimore Ravens showed interest to sign a contract with Kaepernick, he chose to be without a team. The owner Steve Bisciotti even though it might “upset some people,” he will consider him as part of the team.
ESPN reported that Kaepernick is “the most disliked player in the NFL” but he has the support from other NFL players who share the same opinion.
O’Neill’s post Browns has more than 4,000 reactions and 385 comments so far. The post opened a debate on freedom of speech, racism, kneeling vs. standing. etc.
O’Neill thanked his followers, even those “who mentioned I am an idiot.”
“I think we have all exercised our freedom of speech for now,” O’Neill stated. “Peace Brothers and Sister.”
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