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No current indication that any Panthers or Broncos won’t stand for anthem

SANTA CLARA, CA - FEBRUARY 07:  Head coach Ron Rivera of the Carolina Panthers stands on the sideline during the National Anthem prior to playing the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016 in Santa Clara, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) Getty Images

The number of players not standing for the national anthem moved from one to three between Week Three and Week Four of the preseason. As Week One of the regular season approaches, many are wondering whether others will join 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, 49ers safety Eric Reid, and Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane.

For the first game of Week One, coming Thursday night in Denver, will members of the Panthers and 49ers not stand for the anthem? Sources with each of the two teams tell PFT that, for now, there’s no indication that any Panthers or Broncos players will choose not to stand for the anthem.

From Denver’s perspective, the organization isn’t expecting anyone to sit or kneel, and the team won’t be upset or angry if anyone does. For the Panthers, a source with knowledge of the situation said it’s, “Business as usual.” Which means that the team anticipates all players will stand.

With Sunday being the 15th anniversary of 9/11, it will be even more awkward for players playing on that day to not stand for the anthem. For the Thursday game and the two Monday night games, the added elements of respect and honor and national pride that will make it harder to not stand for the anthem won’t apply as strongly.

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20 Responses to “No current indication that any Panthers or Broncos won’t stand for anthem”
  1. randomguy9999 says: Sep 7, 2016 5:20 PM

    this whole thing is insane…. that teams are putting up with wholesale social demonstration and not cracking down is nuts….

    every last one of us would be canned if we pulled this garbage..

  2. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Sep 7, 2016 6:00 PM

    I haven’t stood for this anthem in years.

  3. Grugenhagen says: Sep 7, 2016 6:11 PM

    Why do we even care? If we stopped paying attention to this, the players would stop doing it.

  4. packmanfan says: Sep 7, 2016 6:15 PM

    We need to get over ourselves and realize the world does not revolve around America.
    It’s time we stopped being so arrogant.

  5. charger383 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:17 PM

    good coaches won’t put up with this silliness

  6. rcali says: Sep 7, 2016 6:22 PM

    Oh, I’ll be watching. Still haven’t bought the NFL ticket. Not looking good.

  7. melikefootball says: Sep 7, 2016 6:28 PM

    These players have lost sight of being a stand up MAN and not be followers. Wake up , you have a beef with police go down to their offices and cry the blues. People have lost lives for that symbol you are now spiting on in disrespect. The same police you want to point at also keep you cushy community and house you live in safe. The NFL has shown as well as these individual followers what hypocrites they are. Don’t have fly overs, don’t have military march our flag onto the field as if you care. Just go play your game for your stats on fantasy football, go get that fat check for producing nothing, then go party with your handgun in your pants. You want respect when you don’t follow with respect.

  8. denverdave3 says: Sep 7, 2016 6:31 PM

    That’s Title line is a negative way to put it. Somebody who wasn’t particularly sympathetic to Kaep’s cause, which is akin to Black Lives Matter, might have said,

    “Apparently all Broncos and Panthers will stand for the National Anthem.”

  9. chris1cat says: Sep 7, 2016 6:45 PM

    I choose to stand at a game or at home, and I’m proud to say that!

  10. hugeheavywoman says: Sep 7, 2016 6:52 PM

    If the music is too loud, Cam may jump back in fear!

  11. 4th Down says: Sep 7, 2016 7:05 PM

    Lets see some football and enough of the what ifs….

  12. gochief58 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:02 PM

    What arrogant pieces of garbage these fools are for not showing respect for the country that has allowed them to make millions playing a game!! Why not just spit on the next soldier, police officer, or firefighter you see. Tell me what contribution to society these idiots have offered?? The NFL needs to grow some balls and stand against this but they don’t want to lose a dollar. We have become a society of politically correct whusses!!

  13. ktoast says: Sep 7, 2016 8:33 PM

    America is a joke. Everybody weighing in on this issue and about how it makes THEM feel. If you ignore it, it will not exist in your world and you can move on. Simple as. Go spend time with your families and let some joy into your lives.

  14. pilot2011 says: Sep 7, 2016 8:51 PM

    Slippery slope. Thanks Kap you POS

  15. charger383 says: Sep 7, 2016 9:23 PM

    who is keeping the player’s expensive homes and toys safe while they are playing a game?

  16. linvillegorge says: Sep 7, 2016 9:45 PM

    Attention craving people hate not being the center of attention. Just ignore them and they’ll eventually stop.

  17. jbird056719 says: Sep 7, 2016 10:49 PM

    Let’s see here… We have about 5 players in baseball, football, and soccer that are not standing. That is not considered a movement by most standards. If it were such a grand problem players with conviction and principle would follow suit. Which is it – not a huge problem or lack of principled athletes?

  18. broncosgreatestfan says: Sep 8, 2016 1:45 AM

    Who cares? I’ll tell you who, the same conservative idiots that say that the government is corrupt (which it is) but want you to stand up for the same corrupt government’s flag???? The soldiers that died, died not for protecting our freedoms but for the freedom for corporations and their wealthy overlords to pillage not only third world countries but to exploit it’s own citizens.

    This works in the wealthy’s favor as they pit white against minority. They are laughing at us while enjoying the best coke, cigars, and sex slaves money can buy.

  19. doctorpancake says: Sep 8, 2016 3:05 PM

    Will Peyton sit or stand when he orders pre-game Papa John’s?

  20. morbidtaint says: Sep 8, 2016 4:06 PM

    If I was a really stupid individual, I would look at what Kap was doing and act completely oblivious to why he was doing it. I would ignore everything he said and draw my opinion from the sole act rather than the whole picture. – There’s nothing wrong with standing for the national anthem because you love your country, there’s also nothing wrong with realizing your country isn’t perfect and protesting wrong doings for change. There’s a difference between nationalism and patriotism, and the people who try to tell you there isn’t are dangerous.

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