Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers says his team will continue to link arms during the national anthem, and he hopes fans will do it too.
"Outside the building, I think the message has been diluted a little bit and it's been kind of taken away from what we were trying to do: show a united front, guys linking up together," Rodgers told the media on Tuesday, according to ESPN's Jason Wilde. "It's never been about the military or our men and women in uniform. Like I said after the game, we love and support them, and each of us I'm sure has done charity events for them."
"This is about 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."
The Packers are set to be in the national spotlight when they host theon Thursday Night Football.
Rodgers said the team will continue to show unity by linking arms - and asked fans to do the same.
"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," Rodgers said. "This week we're going to ask the fans to join in as well and come together and show that we can be connected and we can grow together."