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Browns QB Baker Mayfield says he 'absolutely' will kneel this season

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Posted at 5:33 PM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-15 08:26:45-04

CLEVELAND — Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield plans to kneel this season, according to a comment made on his Instagram account.

Mayfield posted a video of a training session to Instagram Saturday afternoon.

In the comments, an Instagram user asked him to tell Browns fans that he wasn’t going to kneel this season, to which Mayfield replied “Pull your head out. I absolutely am.”

After making his comment stating that he would be kneeling this season, Mayfield posted an explanation on his Instagram story:

Everybody so upset about my comment doesn't understand the reasoning behind kneeling in the first place....Nate and Kap came to an agreement that kneeling was the most respectful way to support our military while also standing up for equality.

I have the utmost respect for our military, cops, and people that serve OUR country. It's about equality and everybody being treated the same because we are all human. It's been ignored for too long and that is my fault as well for not becoming more educated and staying silent.

If I lose fans, that's okay. I've always spoken my mind. And that's from the heart.

Mayfield was one of the 1,400 current and former professional athletes and coaches from across the National Football League (including many from the Cleveland Browns), the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball, who signed a letter from the Players Coalition to the United States Congress urging the passage of a bill to end qualified immunity as a way to combat police violence and racial injustices in the country.

RELATED: Browns players and staff sign letter to Congress supporting police accountability bill

Mayfield’s teammates Jarvis Landry and Odell Beckham Jr. previously participated in a video alongside other NFL stars to call for the league to address issues including silencing players from peacefully protesting and failing to vocally condemn racism and systematic oppression.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell later responded to the video, echoing the words requested by the group and stating that the league was wrong for “not listening to NFL players earlier" when it came to protesting police brutality.

RELATED: NFL to spend $250 million on social justice initiatives

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · Sun 9/13 · 1:00 PM EST at Baltimore Ravens (CBS)

WEEK 2 · Thu 9/17 · 8:20 PM EST Cincinnati Bengals (NFL Network)

WEEK 3 · Sun 9/27 · 1:00 PM EST Washington Redskins (FOX)

WEEK 4 · Sun 10/4 · 1:00 PM EST at Dallas Cowboys (FOX)

WEEK 5 · Sun 10/11 · 4:25 PM EST Indianapolis Colts (CBS)

WEEK 6 · Sun 10/18 · 1:00 PM EST at Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)

WEEK 7 · Sun 10/25 · 1:00 PM EST at Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)

WEEK 8 · Sun 11/1 · 1:00 PM EST Las Vegas Raiders (FOX)

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · Sun 11/15 · 1:00 PM EST Houston Texans (FOX)

WEEK 11 · Sun 11/22 · 1:00 PM EST Philadelphia Eagles (FOX)

WEEK 12 · Sun 11/29 · 1:00 PM EST at Jacksonville Jaguars (CBS)

WEEK 13 · Sun 12/6 · 1:00 PM EST at Tennessee Titans (CBS)

WEEK 14 · Mon 12/14 · 8:15 PM EST Baltimore Ravens (ESPN)

WEEK 15 · Sun 12/20 · 1:00 PM EST at New York Giants (CBS)

WEEK 16 · Dec. 27-27 · TBD at New York Jets

WEEK 17 · Sun 1/3 · 1:00 PM EST Pittsburgh Steelers (CBS)