GREEN BAY, Wis. — On Thursday night, Green Bay Packers players say they will be linking arms in unity during thejust like they did at Sunday’s game. And quarterback Aaron Rodgers hopes fans will do the same.
“This is about equality. This is about unity … and starting a conversation around something that maybe a little uncomfortable for some people,” Rodgers said.
Packers fan Meghan Kempen is not a fan of the protests.
“Kneeling isn’t doing anything, is just stirring the pot essentially. If you are going to kneel you need to take a stand, maybe go out and do something,” she said.
This week, many NFL players and some owners, bowed their heads and joined arms in solidarity during the national anthem after President Trump said NFL players who do not stand for the anthem should be fired.
On Thursday, he. “I think they’re afraid of their players, you want to know the truth, and I think it’s disgraceful,” Mr. Trump said. “You have to have people stand with respect.”
Some high school athletes have also taken a knee, like some soccer players at Maine’s Traip Academy.
At Parkway High School in Bossier City, Louisiana, the principal has written a letter requiring student athletes to stand, saying “continued failure to comply will result in removal from the team.”
Chuck Supple is in Green Bay rooting for the Bears, the Packers’ opponent on “Thursday Night Football.” The national anthem will be shown in its entirety live at Lambeau Field.
“I am going to lock arms with everybody around me, I will be standing up, I will be taking my hat hat off and singing the national anthem like I usually do,” he said.
The Denver Broncos released a statement Thursday saying they, too, plan to stand in unity this coming Sunday.