After a peaceful protest last Sunday saw 32 Denver Broncos take a knee for the National Anthem, the team has decided that they will stand-all together-for the foreseeable future.
In a joint statement, the 52-member squad said their actions last week were "in no way a protest of the military, the flag or those who keep us safe". Almost three dozen members of the Broncos knelt during the anthem on Sunday, according to the Denver Post.
"Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the National Football League in a powerful display of unity", the players said.
"It wasn't an apology or anything, we just wanted to state where our minds were at", said linebacker Von Miller, a team captain and one of the players on the leadership council.
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The end of the statement here reads, "Starting Sunday, we'll be standing together". "As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve", the Broncos said.
Head coach Vance Joseph believes in standing for the anthem and has defended his players' right to peacefully protest. "Moving forward it's about our team playing football, and that's what it's really about". Perhaps we're getting closer to the anthem not being the biggest story of this week's football games. "The players felt [that] obviously it started with good intentions, but it's been so negative".
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Broncos cornerback Chris Harris said the decision was made by the team's leaders after they held a vote on the matter. "With the environment that we're in right now, no one's going to make any change". "We have not forced these guys to stand".