Green Bay Packers fans express their thoughts on National Anthem Protests

Green Bay - For the first time three Green Bay Packers players took a seat during the "Star Spangled Banner," while this issue has united the NFL its owners and players, it has also elicited an emotional response from fans.

Green Bay players Martellus Bennett, Kevin King and Lance Kendricks all sat while the anthem played before the Packers took on the Bengals.

Benjamin Brazzell Jr. served in the Vietnam War where he lost a lot of his brothers in arms, he called the NFL players who protest the National Anthem young, naive and stupid.

NFL players have been protesting racial inequality by sitting during the anthem by peacefully expressing their First Amendment rights.

"I don't think they do have that right," said Brazzell Jr. "You live in this country you respect this flag."

This issue has been taken to another level when President Trump responded to the protests by calling on owners to fire players who disrespect the flag and asked people to not watch the NFL.

However President Trump's comments united the NFL with the owners backing their players, a show of solidarity and players supporting each other.

"We respect our troops, we love them we appreciate what they do for us," said Aaron Rodgers. Today was about using our platform to promote love unity acceptance and togetherness."

However, fans who were tailgating at Lambeau Field overwhelmingly expressed their opinions that the NFL should mandate that players stand during the anthem.

"You are disrespecting the team, your country and everything else on national tv," said Greg Murawski. "They suffer no penalty for it, it's not right."

While other fans say that politics and football shouldn't mix and they would like to see players express themselves in another way.

"It's not about politics, it's not about President Trump," said David Shafer a Bengals fan from Cincinnati. "Standing for our National Anthem is about respect for those that have fought wars for our country, I think it is a sad day for our country."

Packers fans still packed Lambeau Field to watch the Packers defeat Cincinnati 27-24 in Overtime.

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