Denver Broncos plan to stand together for national anthem

Kristopher Nichols
September 30, 2017

The players clarified their protest for members of their fan base who felt they disrespected the US military and the flag by kneeling or linking arms during the anthem. The council includes linebacker Brandon Marshall, who is known for kneeling past year and using the platform to spur change with the Denver Police Department.

Broncos players announced Thursday they will stand for the national anthem starting Sunday when they host the Raiders.

"Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the National Football League in a powerful display of unity", the team said. "As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve", a note from the players read.

Head coach Vance Joseph believes in standing for the anthem and has defended his players' right to peacefully protest.

This week, the leadership on the team got together to decide on a plan of action moving forward, and this is what they came up with. "We felt like that was the best direction to go". There was outside belief that the team must have felt pressure from the top to fall in line and stand on Sunday.

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"'I love you son, but just not against my Raiders, '" Anderson said his mother has told him in the past regarding him playing her favorite team.

"We had a meeting yesterday after practice and we made a decision to stand as a team", Denver coach Vance Joseph said.

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

Joseph added that it is important for all involved to get into the community to "make true change".

Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said the decision was made by the team's leaders after they held a vote on the matter. "We have not forced these guys to stand". "That was also talked about. you have to go out there and make real change".

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