The Cleveland Browns have unequivocally denied a demand from Cleveland police that the team apologize for Andrew Hawkins wearing a shirt yesterday that called attention to the deaths of Tamir Rice and John Crawford.

Cleveland's WEWS acquired the following response from the Browns to the cops' statement that called Hawkins and other activist players "pathetic":

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.