The Denver Broncos announced Thursday afternoon that the team will no longer have players kneel during the national anthem.
The team released the following statement on Twitter:
Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the NFL in a powerful display of unity. 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.
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 will be standing together.
A message from our players: pic.twitter.com/eQs3z7OcqV
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 28, 2017
The Broncos are the first team to announce they will no longer have any players kneeling during the anthem.
Protests swept across the NFL last week, and well over 100 different players refused to stand during the national anthem. Stay tuned to find out if more teams decide they will no longer be kneeling.