The Green Bay Packers want fans to link arms in a show of unity before the team takes on the Chicago Bears Thursday night.
“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,” the players said in the statement.
“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… Let’s work together to build a society that is more fair and just.”
Quarterback Aaron Rogers, just before the statement was released, made his own statement explaining that what the team did on Sunday was not a protest, but a display of “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 grow as a community, as a connected group of individuals in our society, and we’re going to continue to show love and unity, and this week we’re going to ask the fans to join in as well and come together and show people that we can be connected and we can grow together.”