Protesting the national anthem has become a trend all across the country, specifically by millionaire NFL players. As the controversy kicks up, many teams are making announcements regarding their stance on, well, standing — including the Denver Broncos.
The Denver Broncos released a statement via their Twitter account Thursday that left many fans shocked. According to The Daily Wire, the team has now agreed that they are going to stand together in unity, despite last week’s complications when players such as Von Miller kneeled during the anthem. This is surprising, but good news for Broncos fans and supporters.
Twitter posts such as this one have become a “line of communication” between fans and players. They help deliver a message and help the fans come to terms with some of the team’s decisions as a whole.
This particular message started by the Broncos explaining what happened last week. “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.”
They then went on to mention that the “need” to kneel may have appeared controversial to some. Oddly enough, the only controversy they could be referring to was when President Trump made his speech in Alabama while supporting potential Senate candidate Luther Strange.
President Trump’s speech included him saying that the players who kneel during the national anthem need to be fired. He went as far as to embolden his statements via Twitter not long after.
The Broncos confirmed in their message that the kneeling had nothing to do with disrespecting the military in any way. “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,” the statement continued. They went on to confirm that their time of kneeling is now finished.
If they are done kneeling, one has to wonder about the intent of the original protest. It sounds as if they are admitting that they got caught up in a moment, realized they were wrong, and are now correcting it.
Denver Broncos team has now agreed that they are going to stand together in unity for National Anthem. Will other teams follow suit?
The Denver Broncos confirmed, “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.”
Many fans are going to be happy to hear the news that the Broncos are back to keeping politics out of the game. If they want to oppose President Trump, surely there is a more appropriate time to show this sentiment than a football game that fans just want to watch.
Further, if they were kneeling to “combat racism,” as some players across the league have suggested, there is certainly another time for that as well. In fact, they could actually work towards making a tangible difference in the world, as opposed to just symbolic kneeling.