Donald Trump's inflammatory words about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem have been widely rejected by the NFL, NFLPA and many players. Denever Broncos linebacker Shane Ray posted a powerful message on Twitter about why players are choosing to protest social injustice and racial inequality in this way. Here's a condensed version of his argument: When I hear the anthem it's not the words that make me feel like an American. It's us as people for one moment feeling united standing together. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to realize we are kneeling because we need everyone's focus and eyes so that we can work for a change. We have your attention now. Time to start opening your eyes
Most NFL players were NFL fans growing up, which means young players are often playing with and against their childhood idols. In the case of Broncos running back C.J. Anderson, meeting a childhood idol was the biggest thrill of Sunday’s game. Anderson, whose Broncos beat the Cowboys on Sunday, couldn’t wait to meet Dallas tight end Jason Witten, who’s been in the NFL since Anderson was 12 years old.
President Donald Trump said during a rally Friday evening that NFL players should be fired if they kneel during the national anthem. Saturday, Broncos linebacker Shane Ray shared a lengthy response on Twitter: Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall was among several NFL players that knelt during the playing of the anthem last season. Through two games this season, Marshall has stood for the anthem. Denver coach Vance Joseph shared his thoughts on anthem protests last month. “I have not spoken to our team about it,” Joseph said on Aug. 25. “My opinion, it is a personal preference. I believe in the anthem. It’s special on game day to stand, so that’s me personally. But, our players are grown men.