Fans and state lawmakers respond to Packers call for unity

Packers Linked at Game Time

ASHWAUBENON, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay Police are preparing for potential disruption tomorrow at Lambeau Field. The department plans on moving more personnel onto the field amid plans by the Green Bay Packers to link arms in a display of unity. Players and coaches are encouraging fans to do the same.

Last Sunday Aaron Rodgers and teammates linked arms during the national anthem. Three players -- Martellus Bennett, Lance Kendricks, and Kevin King chose to sit on the bench instead.

Anthem protests in the NFL became widespread after President Trump called for the NFL to fire players who kneel or sit in protest during the anthem.

The Packers’ invitation to link arms as a sign of unity at Lambeau tomorrow doesn't sit well with everyone.

“I think that the players should be respectful of the American flag and the national anthem and I am totally against the locking of the arms or the kneeling down,” said Packers fan Leonard Janak from Nebraska.

Other fans feel it's a great way to show solidarity for players many consider to be role models.

“I think that it is a platform for them to speak and have people hear them, it's got people talking about issues that maybe they would have never been exposed to,” said Lisa Szuhany a Packers fan from New Jersey.

Some state lawmakers are also speaking out. Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin tweeted a statement saying she supports the Packers call for unity in support of freedom, equality, and justice.

We did not receive a response from Republican Senator Ron Johnson.

Governor Walker said he was raised to respect the American flag.

“Others can explain what they're doing and why they're doing it, I just know in my household, my kids were always taught as I was taught you stand and put your hand over your heart,” said Governor Walker.

Republican Congressman Mike Gallagher, a Marine Veteran, said: “I love the Packers, but many men and women—better than I or any sports star—have died to defend the American flag and Constitution. Their sacrifices give us the privilege of enjoying football and resolving our differences peacefully here at home. If that’s not something to stand for then I don't know what is.”

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