Members of the Cleveland Browns like to show off their “black power.” How inconvenient that they’re 0-9 this season, were 1-15 in 2016 and were 3-13 in 2015!
Not that any patriotic Americans should be really watching (#BoycottNFL, you know? … (And especially on Veterans Day Weekend!), but some things are at least worth taking note of …
So make it 34 out of 36 losses now for the Cleveland Browns, the team that took disrespect for law enforcement, veterans and the American flag to a uniquely loathsome level six weeks ago.
To recall, on Sunday, October 1, at a home game versus their in-state rivals, the Cincinnati Bengals, several members of the Browns actually had the nerve to give a “black power salute” during the playing of the National Anthem.
On Sunday, the Cleveland Browns lost on the road, 38-24, to the Detroit Lions. They made a game of it against the Lions, who made the postseason last year, entering the 4th quarter in a 24-24 tie before giving up two touchdowns in that final quarter and doing what the Browns pretty much always do: lose.
For anyone who, for whatever reason, cares, a game summary can be found here.
Taking into account the team’s 1-15 performance in 2016 and the way they closed the 2015 season losing 10 of 11 games, they are now 2-34 over their last 36 games.
Let’s put it this way, if you were to combine the Browns’ records in 2016 and 2017 with the record of their neighbors, baseball’s Cleveland Indians, during the Indians’ recent all-time American League-best 22-game winning streak, you would still get a losing record (23-24).
As for the “black power salute,” the New York Times at the time reported:
“[A]t least nine [Browns] players raised their fists during the playing of the song. The players with raised fists were Christian Kirksey, Jason McCourty, Randall Telfer, Isaiah Crowell, Briean Boddy-Calhoun, Larry Ogunjobi, Kenny Britt, Dominique Alexander and Ibraheim Campbell.”
Crowell made the news last year for posting, on Instagram, a graphic image of a black man slitting the throat of a white police officer, ISIS-style.