Security measures in place for national anthem at Lambeau

Posted at 10:23 PM, Sep 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-28 11:20:03-04

The NFL controversy is impacting the Packers vs. Bears game Thursday at Lambeau Field. Green Bay Police officers have been told to be extra vigilant during the national anthem.

Tensions are high over this issue, and police want to make sure nothing gets out of hand in the crowd.

Packers players released a statement Wednesday sharing their plans. They will lock arms like they did this past Sunday, and they're urging everyone who attends the game, to do the same.

The team's statement reads in part: "It will represent a coming together of players (and people) 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."

This comes after President Donald Trump had harsh words for NFL players who kneel or sit during the National Anthem and their team owners.

On Sunday, three Packers players sat on the bench during the national anthem.

There are people on both sides of the issue, who are extremely passionate about their own viewpoint. 

Coach Mike McCarthy says he's proud of the way his players are handling it.

"Like anything in life, you're never going to have everybody feel 100 percent the same way, but it's just something that we talk about a lot as a football team, because I always want to make sure the 'why' we are we doing something is explained," McCarthy said. "To me there's a lot of things that are being said, but more importantly I think it's a time to listen. I think everybody can do a better job of listening, and make sure the messages that  are trying to be delivered are heard."