12 Browns players take knee during anthem

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CLEVELAND — A dozen Browns players took a knee in prayer during the national anthem before Monday night’s preseason game against the New York Giants.

While the group knelt behind the bench, several other players placed a hand on a kneeling teammate’s shoulder in support.

“There’s a lot of racial and social injustices in the world that are going on right now,” rookie safety Jabrill Peppers said after the Browns’ second win in two preseason games. “We just decided to take a knee and pray for the people who have been affected and just pray for the world in general.”

Players said linebacker Christian Kirksey led the prayer.

“We did it out of respect,” Kirksey said. “No disrespect for anyone, we just felt like it was the right time and the need to do it.”

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