When Joel Bitonio was scheduled to participate in a conference call, he likely didn’t anticipate having to operate as the Cleveland Browns player spokesman on the issue of race in America. Tuesday, that was the role circumstances conspired to have the All-Pro guard play.
Bitonio did an admirable job, understanding that he doesn’t have all of the answers, encouraging people to listen and learn while also being able to address the topic fully and honestly. It didn’t seem awkward or forced or uncomfortable. Because of that, it came off with additional meaning, appropriate for moment in time.