The Green Bay Packers and Chicago Bears attempted to toe the line between patriotic Americans and social justice warriors on Thursday.
Both teams did stand for the National Anthem but, as Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers vowed days prior, they stood with their arms interlocked as the anthem played.
“This is not a protest. This is a unified demonstration of love and solidarity,” Rodgers insisted to CBS prior to the game.
“This is about unity and love and growing together as a society and starting a conversation around something that may be a little bit uncomfortable for people,” he said.
Some fans showed unity with the team by interlocking their arms during the anthem.
But others waved flags, chanted “USA!” and stood with their hands over their hearts for the anthem.
Some held signs with sayings like “We Stand” and “Protest on your own time, not on my dime,” in defiance of the team.
“The guys wanted to know what we could do to be together so that guys aren’t sitting alone and have to feel like they’re not part of everything that’s going on, because it affects us all,” Packers tight end Martellus Bennett said.
“There’s no longer a bubble where you don’t feel like you’re part of the real world. Everyone’s a part of this. It affects all of us — not some more than others. It affects everybody,” he added.
Many players and teams are finding out that they are going to have to pick a side.
Some fans are fine with the interlocking arms protest, but for others, they only want to see hands over hearts for the anthem.
Rodgers announced that he gave his game tickets to police as a gesture of unity, but fans remain skeptical.
Wake up right! Receive our free morning news blast HERE
- Britney Spears shows off her rockin’ new bod, but had to spoil it with a liberal message about ‘Dreamers’ - December 24, 2017
- Border patrol forget they’re supposed to be heartless, deliver beautiful baby at the border - December 24, 2017
- After scoring tax cut victory, Trump sees ‘tremendous Democrat support’ for his next big initiative - December 24, 2017