Broncos will stand for national anthem

AP

The Broncos released a statement for their players announcing the team has decided to stand for the national anthem this week. The team’s leadership council, made up of about 20 players who meet once a week to discuss team issues, made the decision Wednesday.

Last week, 32 Broncos players took a knee for the national anthem before their game against the Bills.

The players’ statement reads:

“Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the NFL in a powerful display of unity. It was an emotional time for everyone, including the fans who support us each and every week. As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve. Our voices needed to be heard loud and clear.

“Make no mistake — our actions were in no way a protest of the military, the flag or those who keep us safe. We have nothing but the deepest love and respect for those who protect our way of life and the freedoms we enjoy as Americans.

“While there’s no greater country, it’s not perfect. Inequalities still exist, and we have work to do in ALL forms of social justice. We can all do better. It starts with us. We need to do our part and use our platform as NFL players to continue driving that positive chance.

“Our locker room is one diverse place, and that’s what makes it so special. It’s where thoughtful, intelligent leaders from all different races, religions and backgrounds come together. We may have different values and beliefs, but there’s one thing we all agree on:

“We’re a team and we stand together — no matter how divisive some comments and issues can be, nothing should ever get in the way of that.

“Starting Sunday, we’ll be standing together.”

29 responses to “Broncos will stand for national anthem

  1. So let me get this straight…. these guys are passionate about “racial inequality” that they decide to protest by kneeling yet 1 whopping week later they decide to go back to standing. And they wonder why people are angry and questioning their true motives.

  2. Don’t understand how kneeling down serves any purpose unless you’re praying. Certainly can’t accomplish anything in that position. Stand up and actually DO something. Donate, organize, educate – actions that produce results. Pretty hard to call someone down on their knees “making a powerful statement.” Looks more like they’ve given up.

  3. schmitty2 says:
    September 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    So let me get this straight…. these guys are passionate about “racial inequality” that they decide to protest by kneeling yet 1 whopping week later they decide to go back to standing. And they wonder why people are angry and questioning their true motives.

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    oh my gaud. you were just waiting to say that the second they stood. And you’d be complaining if they kept kneeling. Comments drive me a little nutso here

    side note: It’s hard to have an end goal with such a big-picture issue. But they really didnt have a plan. I thought with everyone kneeling last week, that standing would be the new protest haha

  4. If these millionaires LOVE the country, love the military and only want to “make some changes”, what in the sam hill was all of the kneeling, whinging and moaning about? Simply stand for the Anthem and ON YOUR OWN FREAKING TIME, work for the change you want. Guess what, dipsh!ts, WE WOULD RESPECT YOU MAGNITUDES MORE if you handled your business in a RESPECTABLE manner.

  5. what crazy is how that simple logic never crossed their minds until now. Maybe we shouldnt bring aware to our cause by offending and disrespecting veterans.

  6. “As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve. Our voices needed to be heard loud and clear.”

    Put your money where your mouth is and try to make a difference somewhere … anywhere … just pick a community and get busy ….

  7. Hard to believe it wasn’t about disrespecting the flag. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people”-Colin Kaepernick founder of your protest

  8. schmitty2 says:
    September 28, 2017 at 3:02 pm
    So let me get this straight…. these guys are passionate about “racial inequality” that they decide to protest by kneeling yet 1 whopping week later they decide to go back to standing. And they wonder why people are angry and questioning their true motives.

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    I don’t question their motive but the FACTS don’t support what THEY view as an epidemic about cops killing blacks. I also don’t question their right to protest but I question HOW they chose to protest. They’re coming to the realization that this was an ill advised and ill conceived protest.

  9. jacksquat99 says:
    September 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    If these millionaires LOVE the country, love the military and only want to “make some changes”, what in the sam hill was all of the kneeling, whinging and moaning about? Simply stand for the Anthem and ON YOUR OWN FREAKING TIME, work for the change you want. Guess what, dipsh!ts, WE WOULD RESPECT YOU MAGNITUDES MORE if you handled your business in a RESPECTABLE manner.
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    They weren’t whining, but you sure are…

  10. lewsblues says:
    September 28, 2017 at 3:33 pm
    “As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve. Our voices needed to be heard loud and clear.”

    Put your money where your mouth is and try to make a difference somewhere … anywhere … just pick a community and get busy ….

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    They do you rube, what have you done for your fellow American on this issue?

  11. So last week was really more about responding to a series of tweets and comments from our president than it was about affecting change and really promoting their cause? Just one more reason for people to NOT respect what the players are doing.

    The Broncos’ players also realize that their fans wouldn’t tolerate them kneeling and with 389 consecutive sellouts dating back to 1971 at stake, the last thing they would want it to be vociferously booed in front of their 390th sellout crowd.

  12. Calling BS here. Their little stunt backfired, and now they’re trying to backpedal to prevent even more damage to themselves and the league. Nice try, Broncos – but sports fans and the American people in general are smarter than you think – and a hell of a lot smarter than you and your fellow players.

  13. supra23 says:
    September 28, 2017 at 4:02 pm

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    They do you rube, what have you done for your fellow American on this issue?

    Thank you for asking. I sponsor, at my expense, a seminar every three months for the last two years on “How NOT to get shot by a cop”. It includes cops, lawyers, and social services people. (Notice: no politicians nor school representatives). I donate to various relief agencies every year since I don’t remember when. I participate in the local Big Brothers program.

    Thanks for calling me a rube, I am proud of YOUR definition. Now, tell us about all your community efforts other than sitting at a computer.

  14. Fans who boycott the NFL and burn jerseys are gear are just stupid and dumb. What is your point, what are you trying to prove. How about you look in the mirror and understand what these NFL players are trying to bring attention to!!

  15. Crazy to think that military people that fought for our country to be better would misconstrue the protest and be so sensitive to take offense from others trying to make our country a better place.

  16. It would appear that the message rang loud and clear, the fans pay the bills and if you drive away the fans your income goes down. Also they are hoping it is not to late to keep most of the fans because if they go elsewhere and find some other way to spend their time and money they may not come back to the NFL.

  17. What a crock! Stand together as a team all you want when it comes to football. But to deny an individual his or her right to their own unique personal belief on ANY other subject by implicitly threatening to “un-team” them is so wrong and un-American, that it becomes its own form of fascism! This is control at it’s very worst.

  18. Just remember, if they are still arm in arm, they are still PROTESTING. Just not on their knees. I am sick of their social agenda screwing with football!

  19. serfrocker says:
    “September 28, 2017 at 3:37 pm
    jacksquat99 says:
    September 28, 2017 at 3:20 pm
    If these millionaires LOVE the country, love the military and only want to “make some changes”, what in the sam hill was all of the kneeling, whinging and moaning about? Simply stand for the Anthem and ON YOUR OWN FREAKING TIME, work for the change you want. Guess what, dipsh!ts, WE WOULD RESPECT YOU MAGNITUDES MORE if you handled your business in a RESPECTABLE manner.:
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    And of course YOU get to decide what is “RESPECTABLE)” and what is not? I’m not sure who is included in “WE,”, but personally I would respect you magnitudes more if you learned how to spell or use a dictionary, took time to proofread your posts. and quit yelling (or whining) as somebody else commented.

  20. GO BRONCOS!!! I’m so proud of them for doing this. Incidentally, Brandon Marshall IS making things better in the Denver community. With that said, Brandon, I’m proud of you, but NO, Colin Kaepernick doesn’t deserve a job. He didn’t vote so he waives the right to complain. You see how that works?

  21. Don’t understand how kneeling down serves any purpose unless you’re praying. Certainly can’t accomplish anything in that position. Stand up and actually DO something. Donate, organize, educate – actions that produce results. Pretty hard to call someone down on their knees “making a powerful statement.” Looks more like they’ve given up

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    Many players do donate, organize, and educate. The reason why they kneel is to just get awareness out there. Players like Brandon Marshall has met with Denvers police on numerous occasions to try and make change. Marshall has donate a lot of his money to this cause and he has organized and went to numerous locations to preach and educate this issue. Many other players do this as well. Next time do a little research before you say something stupid.

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