Broncos Players, Coaches March in Protest of Police Brutality, Racial Inequality

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019 file photo, Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) lines up against the Chicago Bears during the second half of an NFL football game in Denver. Star linebacker Von Miller says his sprained left MCL that ended his 95-game starting streak might sideline him again Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 when the Denver Broncos visit the Houston Texans. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

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Several Denver Broncos players and staff marched as part of a protest against police brutality and racial inequality Saturday.

The Broncos tweeted videos of the players and coaches marching together in downtown Denver:  

Denver Broncos @Broncos

#StrongerTogether https://t.co/SqgUXRrM0n

Denver Broncos @Broncos

A change is gonna come.

✊🏿✊🏾✊🏽✊🏼✊🏻 https://t.co/zIBfKp4cBe

Mike Klis of 9News in Denver reported that 50 Broncos players and all 25 of the team’s coaches, including head coach Vic Fangio, were part of the protest:

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

More than 50 Broncos and all 25 coaches participating in demonstration today. #9sports https://t.co/LbKMEP3D7w

Klis tweeted a photo of Broncos superstar pass-rusher Von Miller taking part, who later spoke to the crowd:

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

Von Miller among the 50 Broncos players at Civic Center Park. #9sports https://t.co/pFhvLiWKy3

Denver Broncos @Broncos

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

@VonMiller addresses the crowd at today’s protest: https://t.co/vkLvph36aM

Also, Klis provided video of Broncos quarterback Drew Lock discussing the importance of the team being unified and part of the Black Lives Matter movement:

Mike Klis @MikeKlis

Drew Lock outside back of Capitol on today’s Broncos demonstration. #9sports https://t.co/pbPpXk0sgh

Protests have been held in major cities across the United States for nearly two weeks following the death of George Floyd on May 25 while in police custody in Minneapolis.

Floyd was killed after officer Derek Chauvin kept his knee pressed against the back of Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while Floyd was handcuffed and laying facedown on the ground. Floyd said he couldn’t breathe on multiple occasions.

Chauvin was fired, arrested and charged with second- and third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter for his actions. The other three officers on the scene—Thomas Lane, J.A. Keung and Tou Thao—were charged with aiding and abetting.

The march in Denver came one day after Broncos general manager John Elway tweeted a statement in which he supported the team’s players in their fight for racial equality:

John Elway @johnelway

After a lot of listening, I wanted to share some of my thoughts and felt it was time to join this important conversation. https://t.co/2ncnFvmq33

The Broncos have missed the playoffs in each of the past four seasons after winning Super Bowl 50, but there are heightened expectations surrounding the team entering the 2020 season.

They have a strong defense led by Miller and a defensive-minded coach in Fangio, and the offense figures to improve significantly with Lock in his second season, running back Melvin Gordon joining the team in free agency and wide receiver Jerry Jeudy coming in as a first-round pick.

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