Too little, too late? Or were all the NFL players who joined in national anthem protests last Sunday planning to stand this coming week and weekend anyway? Were they protesting police brutality or just Donald Trump, or maybe both … do they even know? America doesn’t.
On Thursday, the Denver Broncos tweeted “a message from our players” indicating that the team would be standing as the anthem played Sunday.
A message from our players: pic.twitter.com/eQs3z7OcqV
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 28, 2017
And on Thursday night, players were standing at the Chicago Bears vs. Green Bay Packers game.
No one knelt at #CHIvsGB. Merica.
— jon gabriel (@exjon) September 29, 2017
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) September 29, 2017
In case anyone missed it, the respective teams each tweeted animated GIFs of the anthem.
— Green Bay Packers (@packers) September 29, 2017
— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) September 29, 2017
The Broncos’ statement was anything but hard hitting, noting that last Sunday was “an emotional time for everyone” and that “we can all do better” when it comes to all forms of social justice (*barf*). However, they’re a team, and on Sunday, they’ll be standing together.
Broncos first to try and smooth it over#donewiththeseoverpaididiots https://t.co/PA2eANQvPE
— Coach Dan (@starzz18u) September 28, 2017
Teams getting ahead of Sunday. Smart approach. https://t.co/34UxTatXcn
— Nick Cattles (@NickC985) September 28, 2017
One team doesn't wait until Sunday to deliver its message: https://t.co/Fzt2DstfHR
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) September 28, 2017
Maybe there were still tickets available, so the Broncos thought they’d better not keep their show of unity and patriotism a surprise from fans who were turned off.
A day (or 4) late, and a dollar (or millions) short. Nice try. Not buying it. https://t.co/USLniKHJjH
— Dan Randolph (@danrandolph10) September 28, 2017
we'll see?! May be too much too late – NOT ONE OF our normal football exchange parties is going on this week. We usually take turns hosting the games at each others' homes. https://t.co/WKb7KBpW21
— MNM28 (@Llihanin) September 28, 2017
NFL teams attempt backtracking. Too late. https://t.co/1cdgOrsz2H
— TheLastRefuge (@TheLastRefuge2) September 28, 2017
The COUNTRY needs to do better??? Really??? How about the people kneeling and raising their fists and griping doing better? FOR A CHANGE… https://t.co/n9eYCTQ4Ss
— Nick DeBabylon (@NickDeBabylon) September 28, 2017
“Make no mistake” — their actions “were in no way a protest of the military, the flag or those who keep us safe.” Funny how the statement doesn’t mention “police” by name as being among those who keep us safe; that might help smooth over Colin Kaepernick wearing those socks with police depicted as pigs.
— Hank Rearden (@BuyReardenMetal) September 28, 2017
Then why protest during the anthem, and not off the field during a press conference or other widely viewed arena?
We are not fooled. Fools. https://t.co/xPe2QN84ZI
— Deus Ex Mushina (@MushKat) September 28, 2017
— Reasonable Dude (@ChrisJDobney) September 28, 2017
What a disingenuous load of bullshit. When you chose to protest the anthem, you absolutely disrespected the military. The damage is done. https://t.co/M3AMN3s5dp
— Right2Liberty (@Right2Liberty) September 28, 2017
I call this, delusional BS. https://t.co/4nbu9Gkk4Z
— Laron Kelly (@laronkelly60) September 28, 2017
We live in a world where a full page statement is needed just to announce you'll be standing for the national anthem https://t.co/J0DNSgqzTx
— Jacob Wohl (@JacobAWohl) September 28, 2017
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— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) September 28, 2017