STRONGSVILLE, OH (WOIO) - The Cleveland Browns anthem protest continues to reverberate through the region as residents take sides for and against the on-field activism.
On Thursday, VFW Commander Tim Zvoncheck posted a message to his Facebook page, informing the public that his Strongsville post would no longer air games on Sundays.
Zvoncheck's message reads:
A group of Browns players protested during the national anthem prior to Monday night's preseason game against the New York Giants.
The protest included nearly a dozen players, among them Duke Johnson, Kenny Britt, Jamie Collins, JaBrill Peppers, Ricardo Louis and Seth DeValve.
DeValve, a Browns tight end, is now the first white NFL player to kneel during the anthem.
"I wanted today to support my African-American teammates. It's been a year now since this type of protest has gone on and I think people are slowly realizing now why it's being done and we want to make our country a better place," DeValve said after the game.
Additional players, including DeShone Kizer and Britton Colquitt, placed their hands on their teammates' shoulders in what appeared to be an act of solidarity.
In response, Browns spokesman Dan Murphy issued the following statement following the protest:
Colin Kaepernick, who initiated the protest last year to draw attention toward police-related shootings and social issues, has been unable to find a quarterback job since opting out of his contract with San Francisco in the off-season.