Browns to Police: You're Not Getting an Apology


The Cleveland Browns have issued a response to Cleveland Police Union President Jeff Follmer, who requested an official apology from the organization after wide receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" t-shirt prior to Sunday's game. 

Here's the statement the Browns released to Channel 5.
We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city. We also respect our players' rights to project their support and bring awareness to issues that are important to them if done so in a responsible manner.
Though NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he's not wild about the pre-game shirts with "I Can't Breathe" and other appeals for justice (worn by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, as well as players league wide), NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has basically turned a blind eye.

Goodell's dealing with image issues of his own, of course, after the Ray Rice disaster earlier this year, but it's nonetheless good to see the Browns for standing up for Hawkins here. 

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