National anthem protests dominated headlines for Week 3 of the NFL season, and the Green Bay Packers are already planning their move for Week 4.
Before the Packers’ overtime victory Sunday against the Cincinnati Bengals, quarterback Aaron Rodgers linked arms with his teammates as they stood for the national anthem.
For their Thursday night matchup against the arch-rival Chicago Bears, Rodgers wants the fans to join in to make a statement.
The two-time NFL MVP is asking the Lambeau Field crowd to link arms to show support for equality.
Rodgers told reporters Tuesday, “This is about equality. 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.
“But we’ve got to come together and talk about these things and growing as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society.”
He said the protests have “never been about the military or our men and women in uniform. Like I said after the game, we love and support them and each of us I’m sure have done charity events for them.”
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If the fans join the players in linking arms, it will mark the first time they have become directly involved in the anthem protests.
Many fans have expressed disgust over the demonstrations, burning jerseys and declaring they’ll boycott the NFL.
Several teams, including the New England Patriots, were booed when they took a knee Sunday.
A Buffalo Bills employee who had served the team for nearly 30 years went as far as quitting his job over the protests.
All eyes will be on Lambeau Field on Thursday night to see whether Packers fans answer Rodgers’ call.
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