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Before Monday night's second preseason game, 12 members of the Cleveland Browns made a decision to kneel instead of stand during the national anthem.

"I've heard a lot of people say, 'Why do athletes get involved in the national anthem protests?' I've said before that I'll never kneel for an anthem because the flag means something different for everybody in this country, but I support my peers".

Prior to their 10-6 victory over the Giants, several players took a knee on the Browns' sideline and others expressed their support by placing their hands on the shoulders of their kneeling teammates. I wanted to take that opportunity with my teammates during the anthem to pray for our country and also to draw attention to the fact that we have work to do.

Click on the video at the top of the page to watch the Browns protest. I want to honor them as much as I can. I also have a lot of investment in this issue because I want to have a family.

Anthem protests have been revived since last weekend's violent clash between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Charlottesville, Va., that resulted in three deaths.

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"We will just have to cross that [bridge] when it happens", Peppers said. "I think it's about building that bridge to the other side and to be able to share our journey together". Colquitt had his hand over his heart as he stood behind the group and pointed skyward at the anthem's conclusion.

"If Mr. Kaepernick is not allowed to pursue his career, then on September the 17th, at 5 o'clock, we are going to have the world's largest tailgate, and that tailgate will not go into Mercedes-Benz Stadium", Griggs said, according to CBSSports.com.

During the battle of protesters, a 20-year old male from Maumee, Ohio, James Alex Fields Jr., drove his auto through a crowd of people, killing one, 32-year old paralegal Heather Heyer, and injuring 19 others.

Some of Kaepernick's peers, many football fans and even people who didn't follow either sports or politics all that closely, saw his protest as offensive and disrespectful to our nation and the military veterans who have defended it.

"I think it's a continuation from previous year, just ongoing", the veteran McCourty explained. "We have our reasons for doing what we did, and last night felt like the right time to do it, and that's why we did it", Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey said. It's one of the things I feel passionately about, but I just don't like the attention, the attention that comes with it. "I think they all support each other".

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