Buffalo Bills owners Kim and Terry Pegula waited for the NFL to issue a statement responding to President Donald Trump’s statements on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. After that, they took action and hosted a team meeting Saturday night and released a statement after the meeting.
Veteran team leader Lorenzo Alexander asked the Pegulas to host the meeting where players could share their thoughts and ideas with team leadership. According to Albert Breer, head coach Sean McDermott, general manager Brandon Beane, and assorted staff were there in addition to the Pegulas.
“The meeting was voluntarily for, but well attended by, players, and the truth is that it didn’t really end with any sort of conclusion,” reports Breer.
Because of the short turnaround time, Breer doesn’t expect a unified Bills protest on Sunday, but we aren’t ruling it out. Following the meeting, the team issued the following statement.
"Several of us met tonight - players, coaches, staff, and ownership. Our goal was to provide open dialogue and communication. We listened to one another. We believe it's the best way to work through any issue we are facing - on and off the field.
"President Trump's remarks were divisive and disrespectful to the entire NFL community, but we tried to use them as an opportunity to further unify our team and our organization.
"Our players have the freedom to express themselves in a respectful and thoughtful manner and we all agreed that our sole message is to provide and to promote an environment that is focused on love and equality."
We also had the opportunity to speak with Hall of Fame receiver Andre Reed and get his unique take on the meeting.
“If they’re having a meeting about it, that’s a positive,” Reed said, “because it shows camaraderie, it shows team unity, and regardless of what the situation’s about it shows that they’re on the same page.”