John Elway on anthem protests: ‘Take the politics out of football’
Denver Broncos executive vice president of football operations and general manager John Elway on Tuesday weighed in on the league-wide national anthem protests occurring in the wake of President Donald Trump’s controversial remarks about the NFL. In short, Elway said it’s time to “take the politics out of football.”
President of Football Ops/GM John Elway to @BroncosTV on players’ National Anthem statements: pic.twitter.com/Q6F9rszh4x
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 26, 2017
The statement reads:
“I’m one that believes in standing for the national anthem, and I’ve always believed that. I believe that this is the greatest country in the world. We are very fortunate to live here, but it’s obviously not perfect. There are a lot of things that need to be corrected, and we will continue to work on those things. I’m one that really believes in standing for the flag. I understand the players and the way they felt from the comments that were made earlier in the week. They felt that they had to go down and kneel and that’s up to them. Hopefully as we go forward we can start concentrating on football a little bit more. Take the politics out of football. But I think that last week was a good show of unity by the NFL and hopefully this week we can move forward.”
Elway, along with many NFL executives and owners — many of whom participated in demonstrations of organizational solidarity either before or during the anthem ahead of Week 3 games — presumably would prefer it for the protests — not to mention the controversy that is left in the wake of them — would just go away.
Unfortunately, it would seem that the genie has been let out of the proverbial bottle given the temerity and caustic nature of Trump’s remarks; not only in the days preceding Sunday’s protests but in comments the President has continued to make this week, up to and including Wednesday morning.
In other words, as much as Elway would prefer to keep politics out of football, it’s not likely going to happen. At least not anytime soon.