Over the past week, an extreme division has stirred in the country over the recent NFL protests. Last Sunday, dozens of NFL players opted to protest during the national anthem, either choosing to kneel, sit, or stay off of the field altogether.
The participation in the anthem protests escalated after President Trump made a comment regarding his disapproval of players who choose to kneel. Since Sunday's games, several influencers have spoken out, either showing their support or detest for the protests. Last week, one team decided that they will no longer participate in the protests.
On Tuesday, John Elway became the first NFL executive to speak up about the protests. Elway, a former quarterback, currently serves as the executive vice president of football operations and as the general manager for the Denver Broncos.
Last week, the Denver Broncos took on the Buffalo Bills. During the pregame national anthem, over half of the Broncos decided to kneel or sit. Elway admitted that he was not too pleased with the protests.
He said, "I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that. I believe that this is the greatest country in the world. We are very fortunate to live here, but it’s obviously not perfect. There are a lot of things that need to be corrected, and we will continue to work on those things."
"I’m one that really believes in standing for the flag," he continued. "I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week. They felt they had to go down and kneel and that’s up to them. Hopefully as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more."
Thursday, TMZ reported that the Denver Broncos became the first NFL team to say that they will no longer protest the anthem. They released a statement explaining Sunday's protest and talked about their plan moving forward.
They said, "Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the NFL in a powerful display of unity ... As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve."
They continued, admitting that they need to stand together as a team. "We may have different values and beliefs, but there's one thing we can 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," they said. "Starting Sunday, we'll be standing together."
The decision was reportedly made by the Broncos' leadership council. The group of 20 players meet together once a week to discuss issues.
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