Geauga County Sheriff bans deputies from working at NFL games




Members of the Cleveland Browns take a knee during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 24, 2017. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)
An Ohio sheriff went to Facebook to express that his department would not be working at any NFL games this year due to what he calls the lack of respect for the national anthem.
Geauga County Sheriff Scott Hildenbrand said in a post on Facebook that he attended the Cleveland Browns game in Indianapolis with some friends. "During the National Anthem at least 21 Browns players kneeled as the entire stadium, made up of all races, ages, sex, religion and careers stood and removed theirs hats. All the police officers working in uniform were saluting."
More than 200 NFL players across the league kneeled during the national anthem after Trump said “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners when somebody disrespects our flag to say get that son of a b**** off the field right now, out, he’s fired, he’s fired."
Sheriff Hildenbrand said in his post he believes "almost the entire league disrespected every veteran that ever fought or died for this Country." He also said he believes the protests aren't about unity, but about police, law enforcement and the government.
Full text of his Facebook post below:
"To All Employees,
Less than a month ago I was honored and proud to accept a certificate at the Great Geauga County Fair in the name of my uncle Charles J. Hildenbrand, who was the first Geauga County resident killed in Vietnam. The certificate and 50 yr pin was sent to Charles’ sister in California who could not attend. I was so proud to see all of the Veterans that filled the large grandstand. It was truly humbling to see so many proud, brave, men and women from many different wars in attendance.
Yesterday I attended the Browns game in Indianapolis with some friends. The stadium was almost full with 70,000 fans in attendance. During the National Anthem at least 21 Browns players kneeled as the entire stadium, made up of all races, ages, sex, religion and careers stood and removed theirs hats. All the police officers working in uniform were saluting. The fact that the team owners and NFL Commissioner condone this activity very much upsets me. As far as I am concerned almost the entire league disrespected every veteran that ever fought or died for this Country. These protests are not about unity, unity was the other 70,000 fans that stood. I truly believe this is about the Police, Law Enforcement and our government. For that reason, effective immediately any off duty details at NFL Games are prohibited.
We all have hard and sometime dangerous jobs that we work every day. Most people respect and appreciate what you all do. I did not have honor to serve but many of you have, and I thank you for that. I feel we all serve every day as our first line of defense here at home. I’m concerned when the main act stands in front of the crowd, before the game even starts, and commits a blatant disrespectful act towards our flag, our Country, our Veterans and our first responders. If they do not have respect for us and our Country only bad things will come of that. We will not be a part of these activities.
My season ticket seats will remain empty the rest of the season.
God bless all of you, and be safe.
Scott A. Hildenbrand, Sheriff
Geauga County Sheriffs Office
12450 Merritt Dr.
Chardon, Ohio 44024"

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