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Prior to the start of the official 2020 season of the NFL, the Green Bay Packers announced their plan to stay in the locker room for both the National Anthem and the so-called "black" national anthem forwarded by Black Lives Matter activists as a "decolonized" substitute so as to not offend anyone.
The Packers are playing their first game against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. NFL Network's Tom Pelissero first reported on Twitter about the team's decision.
Following the tweet, Green Bay Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy released a statement.
"The Green Bay Packers respect the national anthem and United States flag and all that they represent, including the right to express ourselves.
"We decided as a team to remain in the locker room during the playing of the national anthem and 'Lift Every Voice and Sing' so as to not distract from our message that we stand united for social justice and racial equality.
"This is part of our continued call on our leaders to engage in meaningful dialogue that results in change. We feel it is important for all of us to participate in these difficult conversations with humility and be open to different perspectives."