Browns Refuse To Apologize To Cleveland Cops About Tamir Rice T-Shirt

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.

Cleveland Cops Demand Apology, Call Activist Browns Players "Pathetic"

Browns receiver Andrew Hawkins wore a shirt demanding justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford before today's game against the Bengals, and the act so infuriated Cleveland cops that the city's police union president is now demanding the team apologize—calling Hawkins's statement (and one previously by Johnson Bademosi) "pathetic."

Police Patrolman Union president Jeff Follmer sent the following statement to Cleveland's WEWS:

It's pretty pathetic when athletes think they know the law. They should stick to what they know best on the field. The Cleveland Police protect and serve the Browns stadium and the Browns organization owes us an apology.

That echoes the tone-deaf response issued by St. Louis police in the wake of Rams players' "Hands up, don't shoot" gesture weeks ago, if more brief and, somehow, ridiculous.

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