Browns join teams in observing Juneteenth Friday

Team to close offices joining Cavs, Monsters, Mid-American Conference

Daryl Ruiter
June 19, 2020 - 12:16 pm

CLEVELAND, Ohio (92.3 The Fan) – The Browns plan to close their offices Friday to observe Juneteenth, the day recognized as the end of slavery in the United States.

On June 19, 1865 Union soldiers landed in Galveston, Texas and informed the people that the Civil War had ended, and slaves were free.

As protests around the world following the death of George Floyd continue, the focus on ending racism as well as reforming policing and the justice system have swept the country.

Browns head coach Kevin Stefanski has encouraged his players to “get in the arena” to fight for equality.

Quarterback baker Mayfield said over the weekend he plans to support his teammates should they choose to kneel during the anthem this season.

“Everybody so upset about my comment doesn’t understand the reasoning behind kneeling in the first place … Nate (Boyer) and Kap (Colin Kaepernick) came to an agreement that kneeling was the most respectful way to support our military while also standing up for equality,” Mayfield wrote on Instagram explaining his decision. “I have the utmost respect for our military, cops, and people that serve OUR country. It’s about equality and everybody being treated the same because we are all human. It’s been ignored for too long and that is my fault as well for not becoming more educated and staying silent.

“If I lose fans, that’s okay. I’ve always spoken my mind. And that’s from the heart.”

Earlier this week the Cavaliers announced that the day would be a permanent paid holiday across their organization that includes Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the Cleveland Monsters and Canton Charge.  

On Wednesday, the Mid-American Conference announced they would also close their offices and plan to observe the day permanantly.

“During this time, we will encourage our staff to learn more about the many ways in which we can fight for equality and how we can work together to end social injustice,” the conference said in a statement.