Aaron Rodgers sparks debate with Instagram post

GREEN BAY, Wis. - It's been a divisive week in the NFL and across the country after comments from President Trump calling for NFL players to be fired if they protest the anthem.

Players responded by kneeling, staying in the locker room or linking arm-in-arm during the anthem Sunday and Monday.

However, not all players have tried to show defiance. Some have called the displays an act of unity.

One of those players is Aaron Rodgers, and he has encouraged fans to link arms during the anthem at Thursday night's game against the Bears.

But in response, some fans have blasted Rodgers on social media.

Rodgers said he "frankly [doesn't] understand" those messages.

In response, he posted this photo on Instagram:

 

The Packers players also released a statement Tuesday, saying their act of linking arms is not meant to divide, but to unite.

"It will represent a coming together of players who want the same things that all of us do—freedom, equality, tolerance, understanding, and justice for those who have been unjustly treated, discriminated against or otherwise treated unfairly," part of the statement read. "You will see the sons of police officers, kids who grew up in military families, people who have themselves experienced injustice and discrimination firsthand, and an array of others all linking together in a display of unity."

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