Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield said this week that he “absolutely” plans to join kneeling protests against police brutality and racial inequality during the national anthem when the NFL season picks back up.
Mayfield revealed his intentions to join kneeling protests for the coming season in an exchange with a social media user on Instagram earlier this week.
In a screenshot of the exchange captured and posted by ESPN writer and analyst Adam Schefter on Twitter Saturday, a fan could be seen telling Mayfield, “Please tell Browns fans you are not going to be kneeling this season.”
Mayfield told the fan in response, however, “Pull your head out. I absolutely am.”
Mayfield’s comments come as the debate around the kneeling protests, which began in the NFL during the 2016 season when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first took a knee to protest racism and police treatment of people of color in the U.S., has reignited amid widespread demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd and more African Americans.