By Dominic Garcia

LONE TREE, Colo. (CBS4)– Denver Broncos players will stand together at the team’s upcoming game against the Oakland Raiders, head coach Vance Joseph said on Thursday.

The announcement came after 32 Broncos players kneeled during the National Anthem last Sunday as part of a nationwide protest against inequality.

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Players who took a knee during the Star Spangled Banner in New York before the game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday had some longtime fans expressing strong reaction.

Julie Schrock lost her son Max Donahue seven years ago in Afghanistan, a marine killed by an IED.

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Max Donahue (credit: CBS)

“I want the National Anthem and American flag in presentations to be respected and honored,” she told CBS4’s Dominic Garcia.

“That flag was at Iwo Jima and 9/11 and on my son’s casket. That’s what was handed to me, that flag has a meaning that should be honored and respected,” said Schrock.

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For her those moments have shaped the way she sees the flag. Every Sunday her family gathers to watch the Broncos, but she’s not sure she’ll be cheering them on this weekend.

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Julie Schrock (credit: CBS)

For her, those moments have shaped the way she sees the flag.

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“I don’t know. I don’t know.”

Thursday, the Broncos released a statement on Twitter saying the silent protest was in no way a protest of the military, the American flag, or those who keep us safe. The statement went on to say that inequalities still exist, and “we have work to do in all forms of social justice.”

Dominic Garcia anchors CBS4 News at 5 p.m. and reports for CBS4 News at 10 p.m. Connect with the Denver native on Twitter @cbs4dom & on Facebook.

Comments (3)
  1. Linda Witt says:

    The flag is a symbol of the Unites States and ALL it’s peoples. It is not a symbol for our military. Nevertheless it is important to remember our military is composed of Blacks, Jews, Muslims, Hispanics, Women, Gays, Transgender persons who fight for liberty and justice for ALL. That ALL means ALL. Blacks, Jews, women, Muslims, those with disabilities, etc. In fact freedom of speech is one of the many rights our military fights for. And there have already been statements made by veterans supporting these actions.
    I’m sure they appreciate everyday citizens striving to correct injustice BEFORE military might is needed. Kneeling is NOT a sign of disrespect. Kneeling is a sign of respect, reverence and deep humility. You kneel before a deity or a king, queen, government, etc. And there is nothing wrong with respectfully calling attention to an issue that need addressing and correcting. I am proud of those who took a knee. In fact I would like to see the fans in the stand do the same. I know if I get a chance to attend a game I will.

  2. My heart aches and goes out to this Gold Star mother…
    …as it does to mothers who lost their sons simply because their skin was black, or brown…or they were deaf…or beaten because they are autistic…or on drugs and unable to respond to police commands…
    But I also feel that, for there to be peace for this Gold Star mother, there needs to be a belief that her loss is more noble than those mothers of sons of color, because he was in the military? And if that is indeed the case, I can, in some respect, understand that perspective.
    But mother’s of sons of color are afraid to let their sons out the front door in their home towns, not overseas in combat.
    This is not an apples to apples comparison. But, if this Gold Star Mother could see that her son died for the right to kneel… for those of color to peacefully protest…it might help her cope and reconcile all the hurt…. ❤

  3. I’m done with the NFL. They can buy their own tickets. I’m not paying to see their political opinions crammed down my throat.


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