On Thursday night the Green Bay Packers will be playing the Chicago Bears in a nationally televised game. The team office recently made a request to the fans to participate during the national anthem.
Earlier in the week, the Green Bay Packers posted this in a press release:
This Thursday during the national anthem at Lambeau Field, Packers players, coaches, and staff will join together with arms intertwined—connected like the threads on your favorite jersey. When we take this action, what you will see will be so much more than just a bunch of football players locking arms. The image you will see on September 28th will be one of unity. It will represent a coming together of players who want the same things that all of us do—freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding, and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly. You will see the sons of police officers, kids who grew up in military families, people who have themselves experienced injustice and discrimination firsthand, and an array of others all linking together in a display of unity.
Those of us joining arms on Thursday will be different in so many ways, but one thing that binds us together is that we are all individuals who want to help make our society, our country, and our world a better place. We believe that in diversity there can be UNI-versity. Intertwined, we represent the many people who helped build this country, and we are joining together to show that we are ready to continue to build.
Well, according to the Green Bay Press-Gazette many fans are furious and have been calling the stadium all week. The Packers public affairs head Aaron Popkey said, “We’ve had a steady stream of feedback beginning Monday morning and it continued into Wednesday. We’ve heard on both sides of the matter and we take note of their concern.”
One shareholder for the team was reported saying.
“I am so ashamed of and appalled by the ignorance of any NFL player who would dare disgrace our Stars and Stripes or the memory of hundreds of thousands of fallen U.S. heroes who paid with their lives so that we may live free,” said Steven Tiefenthaler, a native of Brookfield who now lives in San Antonio. Tiefenthaler is a Packers shareholder and 20-year U.S. Air Force veteran.
“My allegiance to our American flag and to our national anthem will always stand far above any loyalty to the NFL or to the Green Bay Packers organization,” he said.
Laura Hapke, a La Crosse native now living in Orange, Calif., said the Packers were the last team she expected to do what they did Sunday.
Hapke meets with other Packers fans each week to watch the game. Her mother is a shareholder and she’s on the season-ticket waiting list. In other words, she’s a diehard fan.
“If they come out and say they are more into politics than patriotism, I’ll have to rethink it,” she said. “It will break my heart, but I’ll have to rethink it.”
As of now, there has been no word if the Packers will change anything for the game on Thursday night.
Do you think the team is doing the right thing?
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