After over half the Denver Broncos kneeled during the national anthem last week, the team has decided to stand moving forward.
When they made that decision, they released a statement explaining their position. On Sunday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell used their statement and forwarded to all league employees.
“This past week was a challenging week for all of us, but I am proud of the way our clubs and players have come together and entered into dialog like never before,” Goodell said per a Facebook post from ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “On Friday, the Broncos released a statement directly from their players. I wanted to share it with you as it provides a narrative of this past week and their hopes for today.”
And this was the Broncos’ statement.
“It was an emotional time for everyone, including the fans who support us each and every week. As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve.
“Our voices needed to be heard loud and clear.
“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.
“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.
“It starts with us. We need to do our part and use our platform as NFL players to continue driving that positive change.
“Our locker room is one diverse place, and that’s what makes it so special. It’s where thoughtful, intelligent leaders from all different races, religions and backgrounds come together.
“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.
“Starting Sunday, we’ll be standing together.”
The Broncos take on the Oakland Raiders on Sunday afternoon. Both teams enter the season at 2-1.
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