More than 30 NFL players protested during the singing of the national anthem Monday night before the Denver Broncos and Tennessee Titans clashed in the first Monday Night Football game of the 2020 season.
Most of the protesting players knelt during the national anthem, although a few stood with a raised fist. The "black national anthem," "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing" was also played before the game, for which all players stood.
The Denver Broncos released a statement Monday night saying that "the Broncos fully respect and support everyone's right to advocate for positive change."
"How a player, coach, staff member, or fan chooses to express themselves during the national anthem is a personal decision," the statement said. "Our entire organization has the deepest appreciation and gratitude for the flag, the military, and the first-responders who keep us safe. We also understand the importance of bringing awareness to — and ending — police brutality, systemic racism, and injustices toward the Black community."