- The Washington Times - Monday, December 15, 2014

The Cleveland police union president slammed Browns player Andrew Hawkins as “pathetic” and demanded the wide receiver apologize after wearing a “Justice for Tamir Rice” shirt during pregame warm-ups on Sunday.

Hawkins wore a shirt that said “Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford” on the front and “The Real Battle for Ohio” on the back before the Browns home game against the Cincinnati Bengals, Cleveland.com reported.

Rice, 12, was shot and killed by Cleveland police last month while holding an pellet gun. Crawford, 22, was fatally shot by police on Aug. 5 while holding an airsoft rifle inside a Beavercreek Walmart.

“He’s an athlete. He’s someone with no facts of the case whatsoever,” Jeff Follmer said Sunday of Hawkins, Cleveland.com reported. “He’s disrespecting the police on a job that we had to do and make a split-second decision.”

“He should stick to playing football and let us worry about law enforcement,” he added. “The players don’t know what our job entails. Don’t judge us by what you’re reading in the media.”

The Browns said in a statement that they support their players’ right to protest.

“We have great respect for the Cleveland Police Department and the work that they do to protect and serve our city,” the statement said, Cleveland.com reported. “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.”

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