- Associated Press - Saturday, August 26, 2017

STRONGSVILLE, Ohio (AP) - An Ohio Veterans of Foreign Wars post says it won’t show Cleveland Browns football games this season after a group of players knelt during the national anthem before a preseason game Monday.

VFW Post 3345 Commander Tim Zvoncheck posted a message to his Facebook page Wednesday that says the Strongsville post outside of Cleveland won’t support a group or person who “disgraces the flag or the anthem that we have fought for.”

A team spokesman responded by saying the Browns organization has a “profound” respect for the anthem, the American flag and those in the military but also respects the “freedom of personal expression.”

Nearly a dozen Browns players knelt during the anthem, including tight end Seth DeValve, the first known white NFL player to do so.

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