Bears link arms, everyone stands for first national anthem of season

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There was plenty of drama in last night’s preseason opener regarding the NFL’s new helmet rule.

Blessedly, there was none regarding the national anthem, for which the league still doesn’t have an official policy.

Via Dan Wiederer of the Chicago Tribune, Bears players stood with their arms linked (as they did last year) and all the Ravens players stood for the anthem prior to the Hall of Fame Game.

Bears coach Matt Nagy said before the game the team was still discussing how they’d handle it over the course of the season, but  “whatever we do, we’re going to do it together.”

The NFL initially ruled in May that any player on the field must stand for the anthem, allowing them to stay in the locker room if they chose. That was tabled, as the league finally decided to invite players into the discussion. The league has asked owners to not talk about it, though Cowboys owner Jerry Jones made it clear he expected players to stand at the risk of their jobs.

Bears linebacker Sam Acho, the team’s NFLPA representative, said the Bears have had good discussions about how to handle the anthem, careful to listen to those with differing perspectives.

“It’s really, really hard,” Acho said. “And it can be confusing at times on how do you find an answer. How do you get a solution? Because not everyone has the same beliefs. Not everyone has the same experiences. Not everyone has the same skin color. Not everyone has the same religious background. Not everyone has the same sexual orientation. We come from so many different backgrounds and experiences, so it’s going to be hard to figure out one solution that fits everyone.

“But the great thing about a team is when you do something for your brothers, you’re doing it for yourself. And so even if you don’t believe wholeheartedly in some issue, you believe in your teammates. So you do it for your teammates.”

And for a night at least, the Bears and Ravens managed to maintain a unified front.

27 responses to “Bears link arms, everyone stands for first national anthem of season

  1. STOP ALREADY…… this is an issue because YOU, THE MEDIA, want to keep focus on it!!!

  2. “Not everyone has the same sexual orientation.”

    It was a throwaway comment, but one I firmly believe: NFL players dont care about a teammate’s orientation, they care about his production.

  3. Finally everyone was standing, and that’s how it should be. Keep it up during the season. The majority of fans want this. thank you.

  4. Did you guys want to maybe stop with the politics and false made up protest trash and cover actual football?

    How many interceptions did Cutler have last night?

  5. Now it is time for the Anthem Police to complain about the Bears linking arms and not standing with their hand over their hearts “singing” the National Anthem. And has the demented and senile complainer in chef Don JT Rump learned the words yet? Insults aside, team unity has not been the problem. It seems to be changes in rules and procedures that used to be few and far between from season to season (for example remember the EMPHASIS on PASS INTERFERENCE one year, that drew complaints until about week 3 of the season?) Now, it is 24×7 365 days a year NFL commish, owners and officials commenting and changing rules and interpreting rules… and it used to be the change would be noticed and then forgotten by week three. Now, it is constant, which makes football NOT FOOTBALL but more Kim K West reality type uselessness.

  6. Thank god this is a news story, I wasn’t going to be able to sleep without knowing if millionaire athletes were standing for the national anthem.

  7. If you are an American and you don’t know how to handle the anthem, there is something wrong with you. The kneeling last year was to “raise awareness”. We are all aware. So no need to raise awareness. Continuing to take a knee is no longer raising awareness, it is now disrespect for the sake of disrespecting. Those in the stands that sit “because of the racist lyrics in the third verse”, you are even dumber. The song may have many verses, but “the national anthem” does not include that verse. They are separate, and if you can’t separate the two, and can’t see the difference, again, something is wrong with you

  8. kissbillsrings says:
    August 3, 2018 at 8:14 am
    STOP ALREADY…… this is an issue because YOU, THE MEDIA, want to keep focus on it!!!

    Is that you Donald Trump? Is it a rigged witch hunt?

  9. 2ndstringqbshredsPatriots(Patricia) says:
    August 3, 2018 at 8:30 am
    Did you guys want to maybe stop with the politics and false made up protest trash and cover actual football?

    How many interceptions did Cutler have last night?

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    Actually none, it was a good night for him.

  10. The Bears found a way to demonstrate that does not piss off the knee jerk reaction crowd. Good for them. I hope they continue to do it as a way of making the point that we Americans need to be unified regardless of race, creed, or anything else. Sports is a great way of integrate, many of my friends on my teams of my youth looked different than I do, didn’t matter, they wore the same jersey and that did. Choices matter.

  11. bratmanweb says:
    August 3, 2018 at 8:11 am
    I’ve said it before, who out there can stage a protest at their place of employment and not suffer consequences?

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    I can go into a meeting in a conference room and when everyone sits down in their chairs, I can choose to kneel and do so without consequences at my work. People might look at me funny but I can do it.

    Also, I agree that there really isn’t a point to kneeling to bring awareness at this point as people are largely aware and talking about issues.

    But with that said, many say you should stand proud while the anthem plays. But what if you aren’t proud? Should you still stand proudly? Why not be able to show that you aren’t proud with the current state of affairs and want them to do better?

    For those that love the second amendment…if it were abolished, would you still stand proud during the anthem after they stripped you of what you feel is one of your fundamental rights as an American?

  12. Watching Ray Lewis doing his ridiculous “lost my suit and walked on a double murder” dance made me want to puke.

    Dude belongs in prison, not the HOF.

  13. Ron Jull says:
    August 3, 2018 at 9:21 am
    Watching Ray Lewis doing his ridiculous “lost my suit and walked on a double murder” dance made me want to puke.

    Dude belongs in prison, not the HOF.
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    Hearing him talk and hearing him praise God makes me wanna puke. Ravens fans and many others have fallen for his BS acting that Hollywood should’ve given him an Academy Award for

  14. Kneeling is easy. Working in the community is hard. Players should not take the easy way out if they want to use their stature to help our communities. That’s how true change is made.

  15. allowing them to stay in the locker room if they chose. That was tabled, as the league finally decided to invite players into the discussion.

    Well there is your problem. Why did the NFL invite the players into the discussion? The players are the cattle for our entertainment. They shouldn’t have any say in anything related to rules for conduct.

  16. The SJW’s are twisting in the wind and wringing every ounce out of this dried up topic. They lost the “Redskins name is naughty” debate when it was revealed that, guess what, 96% of FB Native Americans polled (in a liberal, slanted newspapers….whoops, that backfired!) don’t care…..the Kap thing is down to the embarrassing “they removed his name from a video game song”….and this anthem thing will pass. On to the next white-guilt crusade; onward SJW’s!

  17. Trump fixed this issue and so many other issues all around the world.

    Say hello to you 2 term President.

  18. I think the linked arms is a great symbol of unity. Ironically, that’s what this whole issue is about. The best part of this ongoing discussion about the anthem is that it’s forced us to actually THINK about it. Prior to that, it was just another symbolic gesture. It’s like going to church each week and mindlessly reciting hymns and congregational responses. That has nothing to do with compassion or a deep sense of spirituality. It’s just habit. But when you actually THINK about the things you’re doing and the REASONS you’re doing them…symbolic gestures are given a deeper meaning and make a more significant impact on everyday life.

  19. Well, I got to watch the game. I was at the neighbor’s and he said if he saw anyone kneeling he was changing the channel.

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