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What is typically an uneventful part of the game, has become the spotlight.

“I think that everyone has freedom of speech.  If you don’t like something, you deserve the platform to oppose that,” said Browns fan Monica Dhaliwal.

As players took to the sidelines for the playing of the national anthem, at least 20 Browns players knelt.  Others stood with them and linked arms.

Instead of the typical cheers, players were booed.

“I just want to watch football.  That’s it,” said Browns fan Jeff Simeone.

Some fans say they felt like the losers because their weekend escape has become a political controversy.

“I know I’m in the minority.  I’d rather just watch football.  That’s my release.  I deal with life’s drama all through the week.  I’d rather not deal with that,” Simeone said.

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