Cleveland Police Want An Apology From Browns For ‘Pathetic’ Protest Shirt, Won’t Get It
Jeff Follmer, Cleveland's Police Patrolman Union President, hates when athletes don't stay in their lanes. According to a statement he sent on behalf of the Cleveland PD, he also doesn't like when people who they "protect and serve" call for justice in the cases of two people who were shot and killed by police because they were holding toy guns.
Andrew Hawkins was so ungrateful yesterday when he wore this "Justin for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" shirt before the Bengals-Browns game. What an unreasonable request.
— chandra thomas (@truechandra) December 15, 2014
Follmer immediately called for an apology.
[Newsnet5] It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology.
...which loosely translates to: "Hey, bro, we want to do other stuff on Sunday but we're nice enough to come out to Browns' Stadium and protect and serve you, and this is how you repay us? By reminding us of our mistakes? SAY YOU'RE SORRY OR ELSE WE'LL STOP PROTECTING YOU!"
The Rams did not apologize to the St. Louis Police Union when they similarly asked for an apology after five players walked out onto the field with their hands up over their head. The Browns won't, either.
[SI] “We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city. We also respect our players’ rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner.”
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