I understood there was going to be backlash, and that scared me, honestly. But deep down I felt like it was the right thing to do. If I was to run away from what I felt in my soul was the right thing to do, that would make me a coward, and I can’t live with that.
Cleveland Browns' Andrew Hawkins won't apologize for Tamir Rice statement.

"My wearing of the [Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford] T-shirt wasn’t a stance against every police officer or every police department.  My wearing of the T-shirt was a stance against wrong individuals doing the wrong thing for the wrong reason to innocent people."

— Andrew Hawkins, Cleveland Browns wide receiver

Of course the Cleveland Police Department is unhappy about that, but given the fact that Rice’s murderer was deemed unfit to carry a weapon by a neighboring precinct, you’d think CPD would gladly distance themselves from this shooting and side with common sense.

Watch Hawkins’ video.

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Browns players wear shirts protesting police killings of Tamir Rice, John Crawford

CLEVELAND — LeBron James isn’t the only Cleveland athlete willing to take a stand.

Andrew Hawkins and at least one other Cleveland Browns player came out for pre-game introductions wearing T-shirts that read, “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford.”

Rice, a 12-year-old, was holding a toy gun when he was shot and killed by a Cleveland police officer last month. Crawford was shot and killed by police in August while holding an air gun in a Wal-Mart.

Both Rice and Crawford were black.

James has been increasingly outspoken on social issues. Earlier this week, he wore an “I Can’t Breathe” T-shirt in honor of Eric Garner, who died after being put in a chokehold by a New York police officer.


Johnny Manziel’s name added to infamous Browns QB jersey

Now that Johnny Manziel has been named the Cleveland’s new starting quarterback, his name has been added to the most famous Browns jersey in Cleveland.

With the Browns’ going through endless QB controversies and shakeups in recent years, Brokaw, an ad agency a couple of blocks away from FirstEnergy Stadium, has kept updating the No. 2 jersey of Tim Couch, the former No. 1 overall pick who was the first selection of the Browns’ expansion era in 1999.

Now Manziel’s name was added to the ‘Browns QB jersey’ on Tues, making him the 21st player added to the jersey. Since the jersey started with Couch’s No. 2, Browns fans are hoping that it ends in success with Manziel’s No. 2 now that the process has gone full circle.

Ironically, Manziel is replacing Hoyer, who just happens to be the only guy on the list who has a winning record with the Browns since 1999.