The Packers elected to stay in the locker room for the national anthem again on Sunday afternoon. Some Lions players proceeded to the locker room, while others knelt and stood in the south end zone. Several players and a coach knelt, including quarterback Matthew Stafford. Defensive end Devin Taylor was among those who did not stand for the flag.
This is a decision that only the players can make. They have the right to protest whatever issues they want to raise awareness of through their actions during the national anthem. The only time those protests may affect the fans is if they choose to take their eyes off of the game at an inappropriate time.
In Week 1, several Packers players decided to sit or kneel during the national anthem. While some people criticized them for this action, others admired them for their stance. Now that the season has progressed, it would be nice to see what kind of reaction these protests might get from fans around the league.
GREEN BAY-Before the Sept. Stafford joined other teammates in kneeling during the national anthem last week in Detroit, while many others returned to the locker room. This year's game was delayed for several minutes as these events were taking place.
Stafford said he decided to sit down during the anthem because he "can't stand for the injustice that is going on in this country" and added that he wants "people to know what I am feeling." He also said that he does not plan to stop sitting during the anthem when it comes time for season opener against Green Bay on Thursday.
The Lions' decision followed President Trump's comments that NFL players who refuse to stand for the national anthem should be fired. And earlier this month, four dozen or so players across three teams did just that. They didn't come out of the locker room, but they took a knee or raised their fists in protest during the anthem. Many of them said they were doing so in response to Trump's comments about disrespecting the flag and veterans.
Last week, dozens more players around the league stood up for what they believe in. On Monday, Sept. 24, all 32 teams will take the field during the anthem before their games.
(WFRV)—— The Packers remained in the locker room for the National Anthem for the second week in a row, but this time at an empty Lambeau Field. Staying in the locker room during the national anthem is a form of protest against social injustice.
Last year, President Donald Trump criticized NFL players for kneeling during the anthem. Many teams opted not to attend their games during the season opener.
The Green Bay Packers are one of several National Football League (NFL) teams that have been involved in protests during the national anthem. Other teams that have protested include the San Francisco 49ers, Chicago Bears, and Indianapolis Colts.
In September 2016, then-Packer quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he was "outraged" by reports that some owners wanted to ban protesters from the league. He added that he believed it was important for players to take a stand on issues like racism and police brutality.
Rodgers later apologized for his comments, saying they were not directed at anyone specifically. He also said he supported his teammates if they chose to protest during the anthem.
On October 7, 2016, just over a month after his comments regarding protests by NFL players, President Trump tweeted that football should be banned from cities that don't fix their problems with crime and drugs.
"Yeah, I think that's something we'll speak about on a weekly basis and we'll modify appropriately," said head coach Matt LaFleur during his final media conference of the week on Friday. It was their second straight week doing so and it wasn't because of any potential backlash from President Trump. Green Bay has one of the smallest black communities in Wisconsin with only 2% of its residents being African American. Most of them live in Milwaukee where there is a much larger black population. Vice President Mike Pence also attended Sunday's game wearing a jersey with "Lazarus" across the backplate. He had no idea what it meant until he was told by reporters after the game that it was in honor of Nelson Mandela.
Mandela was imprisoned on anti-apartheid charges between 1918 and 1990 and he died in December 2013 at the age of 95. Before he died, he asked that his children anoint a successor who will lead the democratic movement that fought against white minority rule in South Africa. His daughter Zindzi said her father wanted the leadership of the organization called "The Nelson Mandela Foundation" to be passed on to new leaders while still encouraging participation in democracy by all people.
LaFleur declined to comment when asked if he would have taken part in some form of protest during the national anthem prior to games played by other teams.
Before Monday night's season opener, over 20 Giants players knelt during the national anthem, as did running backs coach Burton Burns. Head coach Joe Judge stood with his hands on the shoulder pads of kneeling Jabrill Peppers and Dalvin Tomlinson. Other coaches remained in their respective locker rooms during the anthem.
After criticism from President Trump and other leaders, the NFL announced it would not force players to stand for the national anthem. Instead, team owners could get together and come up with their own plan to show respect for the flag and our country. The Giants have decided that they will not be participating in this initiative.
On September 11, 2017, shortly after Trump's initial tweet about footballers not standing for the national anthem, several dozen Giants players took a knee during the anthem prior to their game against the Dallas Cowboys. They were joined by some members of the coaching staff and front-office executives who had previously kneeled or sat during "The Star-Spangled Banner". After many months of speculation, it was confirmed that Trump had called New York Giants owner John Mara and informed him that he expected him to stop his team's players from kneeling during the anthem. It is believed that Mara replied that he would talk to his players before deciding what action, if any, they would take at next week's game.