“They should communicate what they’re doing it for. And they keep saying it’s no disrespect to the flag or the military. But it is. .?.?. It’s disrespectful to the men and women that serve this country, the officers, the military. It’s a minute thirty [seconds]. Stand up for a minute thirty and then why don’t they do a protest like three minutes into the third quarter? .?.?. You don’t need to do it for the flag.”
But others said they support the players’ right to protest.
Luis Carreno said he is a Ravens fan from Phoenix.
“I don’t really care for it,” he said. “I don’t pay attention to politics at all. I don’t even vote. I don’t really care for the politics about it. I’m kind of annoyed that they did bring it into football and made it a part of it. But at the end of the day, I’m just here for a game. This is my escape from all that’s out here, 60 minutes of great football. The Titans will enter embarrassed following last week’s showing, but even an inspired effort shouldn’t hold Miami down.
“Last week, members of our team joined their brothers around the NFL in a powerful display of unity,” the Broncos said in their 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 voiced needed to be heard loud and clear.”
The Broncos, like many other NFL players, emphasized that their anthem demonstrations “were in no way a protest of the military, the flag or those who keep us safe.” They added, “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.”