September 24th, 2016

Dan Labbe, in Andrew Hawkins on national anthem protests: ‘It’s not so much about the kneeling as much as it is about the message’ for The Plain Dealer, writes:

If Miami Dolphins players continue their protest during Sunday’s national anthem before their game against the Browns, wide receiver Andrew Hawkins—as outspoken as any NFL player in regards to police violence against African-Americans—supports the message those players and others in the NFL and other sports are sending.

“I support it,” Hawkins said of the protests, started by 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during the preseason and other players since. “It’s not so much about the kneeling as much as it is about the message. And it’s a message that you guys all know I’m passionate about and we’ve kind of been through this before.”

Two seasons ago, Hawkins wore a shirt during warm-ups prior to the Browns’ game against the Bengals that read “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.” It was referring, of course, to the police shootings of 12-year-old Rice in Cleveland and Crawford, who was shot in a Wal-Mart in Beavercreek, Ohio after waving an air rifle.

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