'We'll be standing together': Broncos announce end of anthem demonstrations

by Leon Thompson September 30, 2017, 0:21
'We'll be standing together': Broncos announce end of anthem demonstrations

Last Sunday in Buffalo, 32 Broncos players knelt during the national anthem as a response to President Donald Trump's comments that NFL owners should fire "son of a bitch" protesters.

The players clarified their protest for members of their fan base who felt they disrespected the USA military and the flag by kneeling or linking arms during the anthem.

Members of the Broncos including linebacker Brandon Marshall had chosen to protest racism and inequality in America by kneeling for the anthem in the past.

The statement comes a few days after Broncos executive John Elway - who led the team to a Superbowl victory as its quarterback in 1997 - said he believes in standing for the anthem.

"Starting Sunday, we will be standing together".

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"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve", a note from the players read. The group met Wednesday to see if a consensus could be found about what the players wanted to do moving forward. That was former head coach Gary Kubiak's final game with the team. "The players felt [that] obviously it started with good intentions, but it's been so negative".

"It was an open-forum conversation", Joseph said.

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said the decision was made by the team's leaders after they held a vote on the matter. How can you make true change with this toxic environment?

"We have not forced these guys to stand.it's been their right to have peaceful protest", Joseph said. "With the environment that we're in right now, no one's going to make any change".


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