Baker Mayfield is switching his stance on kneeling during the National Anthem for Sunday’s game. The Cleveland Browns quarterback says he now plans to stand.
The 25-year-old NFL star took to social media on Saturday to share his thoughts on the issue. He cites how the Miami Dolphins handled the kneeling situation in their season opener as a catalyst behind changing his position.
“After watching Thursday’s game and also watching the Dolphins player’s video…it shows that it is not about who is standing or who is kneeling for the anthem. But instead, coming together and taking action to create real change,” he writes.
Mayfield then says that many of the messages and letters he received prompted the change. “After reading many letters and messages… I have been showed that a gesture such as kneeling will only create more division or discussion about the gesture, rather than be a solution towards our country’s problem at hand,” Mayfield wrote Saturday.
Baker Mayfield on the NFL Kneeling Controversy Earlier this Summer
In addition to standing for the anthem, Mayfield reveals that he also plans to stand for “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the Black National Anthem. Last month, Baker Mayfield said that he planned to kneel. Furthermore, Mayfield said he “absolutely” intended to kneel back in June.
“I think being in my position, which is a blessing, being out on a platform to where I can speak on issues that are just wrong. Right is right, and wrong is wrong,” Mayfield said in August, ESPN reports.
Mayfield continued by adding: “There’s a human rights issue that has been going on for a long time, and I believe in that. It’s nothing against military or anybody who served. Anybody that knows my history knows that I completely support military and the people that serve our country for the right reasons and do it for justice. The people that do not know that, that’s OK — just take your time and take a second to get to know me. It’s a human rights issue. There is right and there is wrong.”
The NFL season kicked off with the Kansas City Chiefs going up against the Houston Texans last Thursday. Almost immediately, controversy broke out on social media over the joint demonstration between the two teams.