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Entire Denver Broncos team to ‘stand together’ for anthem

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The Denver Broncos announced Thursday that the entire team will stand for the national anthem as a matter of policy, beginning on Sunday.

In a statement released on the team’s official Twitter account, the organization said it would show unity by standing for the national anthem as a team, one day after a similar pledge was made by the New England Patriots.

“We may have different values and beliefs, but there’s one thing we 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,” the statement reads.

“Starting Sunday, we’ll be standing together.”


The team’s decision comes after President Trump on Friday called at a campaign rally in Alabama for NFL owners to fire players who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem. Nearly three dozen members of the Broncos knelt during the anthem on Sunday, according to the Denver Post.

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,’ ” Trump said last week.

In their statement, the Broncos defended members of the team who joined the more than 200 NFL players protesting during “The Star-Spangled Banner” on Sunday after Trump’s remarks.

“Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the NFL in a powerful display of unity,” the team said. “As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve. Our voices needed to be heard loud and clear.”

The organization rejected criticisms from Trump and others that the protest was a sign of “disrespect” to the military or the flag.

“Make no mistake — our actions were in no way a protest of the military, the flag, or those who keep us safe,” the statement adds.

“While there’s no greater country, it’s not perfect. Inequalities still exist, and we have work to do in ALL forms of social justice. We can all do better.”

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