John Elway: I am not going to stay on the sideline as we all can be part of the solution

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Broncos coach Vic Fangio’s comment that he doesn’t “see racism at all” in the NFL was not well received either inside the team or outside of it.

He apologized, and Broncos’ players and coaches will participate in a protest at the Colorado state capitol on Saturday.

General Manager John Elway spoke Friday night, posting a statement on Twitter.

“After a lot of listening, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and felt it was time to join this important conversation,” Elway said in the tweet attached to his tweet.

Elway’s statement reads: “I’ve spent the last week listening and learning from the players and coaches on our team. What I’ve heard from the players in particular — and watching the way they lead during this time of need — has been moving. I always thought that since I grew up in a locker room, I knew everything there was to know about understanding teammates from different backgrounds and walks of life. What I’ve realized is that I could not have been more wrong. Listening to the players and reading their social media, the strength they have shown and the experiences they have shared has been powerful. It has impacted me. I realize I have a long way to go, but I will keep listening and learning. That is the only way to grow. I truly believe a lot of good will come from the many difficult conversations that are taking place around our team, league and country.

“The way the players amplify the voices that need to be heard is more important than ever. I fully support them using their platform and influence in a positive way to create change. Recently, we’ve all heard people say that sports can be a much-needed distraction during such a challenging time. I know that the players, our team and league, can be so much more than that. We can all be part of the solution. I also understand that my voice needs to be part of this conversation, too. I am not going to stay on the sidelines. Everyone has a responsibility to help those who are hurting. I am joining with the players, coaches, and our organization in speaking up against racism, police brutality, and any injustice in the black community.”

9 responses to “John Elway: I am not going to stay on the sideline as we all can be part of the solution

  1. What we’ve learned between this and Brees is: keep your mouth shut. If you tell the truth, the left will jump down your throat.

    This is why Trump will win by a large margin. The silent majority are fed up with being told what to say and think.

  2. Solution to what? What is the grievance? I agree with Fangio. Just what is it that white America isn’t hearing? There is no such thing as a 100% racist free society. I never see it. My black friends tell me they don’t see it. At least in our world. Brees had it right to begin with. I HAVE seen Finnish people discriminated against. Finnish people. There will always be some amount of racism against all races.

  3. Trump didn’t even win the popular vote the first time around. To think there is a silent group out there that is being oppressed is ….. kind of ironic lol. Now maybe you have a taste of what it’s like to not be heard, but you don’t know what it’s like to have that actually affect your civil rights or employment like the truly oppressed.

  4. alwayscheatthecap says:
    June 6, 2020 at 3:37 am

    This is why Trump will win by a large margin. The silent majority are fed up with being told what to say and think.
    Trump promised to “Make America Great Again” and that there would be so much winning that we’re going to be sick and tired of winning. I’m thinking he’s right, if this is what winning looks like, most Americans are sick and tired of it.

  5. Never ever underestimate how hard the privileged will fight to maintain their advantaged status.

  6. Elway’s statement is especially striking when you consider his past opposition to flag protest and strong support for Trump.

  7. Just cancel all professional sports except MMA. Have these athletes turn into real professions and become essential. All they do is whine while being overpaid, and some are ungrateful for this.

  8. “I am not going to stay on the sidelines.”

    Says the guy who had a chance to hire Colin Kaepernick and didn’t.

  9. If you think that a black man peacefully taking a knee in protest is some sort of awful insult to veterans and the military, but don’t think think Trump stealing millions from his sham “charity for veterans” is a problem, your racism is showing.

    Trump literally stole 2.8 million that was donated for veterans. That’s about as unAmerican as it gets.

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