The Denver Broncos didn't necessarily make any decisions together as a team last week, as some players took a knee for the anthem while others stood.
The Broncos' statement harped on the need for the team to demonstrate togetherness and sought to clarify that the team was not protesting the military or the flag last week. Almost three dozen members of the Broncos knelt during the anthem on Sunday, according to the Denver Post.
The team's decision comes after President Trump on Friday called at a campaign rally in Alabama for NFL owners to fire players who kneel or otherwise protest during the national anthem.
Broncos general manager John Elway said on the team's website during his weekly address that he believes in standing for the anthem and that "hopefully, as we go forward, we can start concentrating on football a little bit more".
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"Wouldn't you love to see one of these National Football League owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, 'Get that son of a bitch off the field right now". "As controversial as it appeared, we needed to show our collective strength and resolve".
"We talked about it as a team just, like how we did before Sunday's game". Let's get back to playing football, let's get back to standing for the anthem and then moving forward we could probably make change. "We just felt the best way, that was the best direction to go".
On Wednesday, quarterback Trevor Siemian, a team captain, had said: "I just think it's important for them to know, everybody in this locker room supports the military and I think that there are plenty of examples of that, no matter who the guy is".
"Had a meeting [Wednesday] after practice. they wanted a statement of what they were doing", Joseph said. "No one had clarity", he said.