Bennett offers his former teammate in New England, Tom Brady, credit for recently signing onto a letter — sent to Attorney General William Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray — requesting an immediate federal investigation into the death of Ahmaud Arbery. But his brother Martellus, a retired tight end, called Aaron Rodgers to task on Twitter; while Rodgers noted in a post accompanying an Instagram photo — in which he was locking arms with African-American teammates — that “it has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag,” Marcellus pointed to comments in which Rogers said “THEY [Bennett’s caps] have a battle for racial equality. That’s what THEY’RE trying to start a conversation around.” Bennett wrote on Twitter: “Doesn’t sound like an ally sounds like a spectator.”

Such language matters, especially in this moment. “I am not going to focus on the quarterback position because here in Denver WE play as a team,” writes Miller. “As a team, WE need to have solidarity. From the owner, the coaches, the players, the staff and down to the maintenance crew at Mile High Stadium WE need to collaborate, WE need to educate each other, WE need to listen and have tolerance of one another.”