During the August 22 game against the New York Giants, The Cleveland Browns formed a prayer circle and knelt during the National Anthem. Seth DeValve, the first white player to kneel during the Anthem in an NFL game, said of his action:
"The United States is the greatest country in the world. It is because it provides opportunities to its citizens that no other country does. The issue is that it doesn't provide equal opportunity to everybody. And I wanted to support my African-American teammates today who wanted to take a knee. We wanted to draw attention to the fact that there's things in this country that still need to change."
Lawrence Jones said on "The Lawrence Jones Show" that he feels uncomfortable questioning anyone's motives in prayer, but he would choose to put his hand on his heart during "The Star Spangled Banner." His friend Alexander said he has no issue with anyone taking a knee, period.
"They 100 percent have a right to kneel," he said, clarifying that he understands why people are offended. Lawrence added that an elite military member actually recommended that former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick kneel rather than just sit on the bench during the color guard.