... is directed, on this Labor Day, to the police and paramedics unions of the city of Cleveland who have refused to hold the American flag in the Browns home opener because a significant group of Browns silently knelt in prayer during the anthem a week or so ago.
Let's repeat that: Silently knelt in prayer.
They did not shout. The did not talk loudly and move around during the anthem. They did not moon the flag, or flip it off, or otherwise engage in the kind of behaviors one would normally associate with "disrespect."
“If anyone was wondering what was going on in that circle … we were praying over the country, praying over things that are going on and we tried to do it as respectfully as possible,” linebacker Christian Kirksey told Marla Ridenour of the Akron Beacon Journal. “We respect everything that happens with people in the military, we respect all of that. We felt it was the right time to do that.”
Now, because of that -- because they were offended the Browns didn't force a group of American citizens to stand for an anthem that celebrates American freedom -- a group of police officers and paramedics are refusing to hold the American flag.
Let's repeat that: Refusing to hold the American flag.
So who's doing the disrespecting here? Hmm?