Packers issue a statement in response to President Trump’s anthem comments

Green Bay Packers president/CEO Mark Murphy issued a statement in response to comments made Friday night by President Donald Trump at a campaign rally in which he called for NFL players to be “fired” for not standing during the national anthem.

“It’s unfortunate that the President decided to use his immense platform to make divisive and offensive statements about our players and the NFL. We strongly believe that players are leaders in our communities and positive influences. They have achieved their positions through tremendous work and dedication and should be celebrated for their success and positive impact. We believe it is important to support any of our players who choose to peacefully express themselves with the hope of change for good. As Americans, we are fortunate to be able to speak openly and freely.”’

The comments that Murphy and leaders of other NFL teams felt needed to be addressed included Trump saying, “Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!”

To this point, no players on the Packers have taken a knee or been seated during the anthem, though tight end Martellus Bennett held his first in the air prior to the season opener against Seattle as his form of protest. However, several took to Twitter on Saturday to show their displeasure with Trump’s words.

“I’m OK with being fired for what I believe in,” wrote Bennett.

Teammate Davante Adams, who uses his Twitter account sparingly, also commented.

“We’ll “stick to football” when we see progress,” the wide receiver wrote. “Our Nations leader can’t even set a good example of how it looks to be a great American.”

Green Bay will host Cincinnati at Lambeau Field on Sunday.

Murphy discusses player discipline, hosting NFL Draft at owners meetings

PHOENIX — Green Bay Packers president Mark Murphy wrapped up the NFL Owners Meetings on Wednesday by discussing a variety of topics with reporters, including the possibility of hosting the NFL Draft.

The Packers may be the smallest market in the NFL, but that hasn’t stopped them from applying to host the NFL Draft for the 2019, 2020, or 2021 seasons. Over 220,000 fans attended the NFL Draft when it came to Chicago in 2015 and one of the biggest concerns for the league in sending the event to Green Bay is housing. How could the Packers host an event that draws that many people?

“It would probably be in the Resch Center. I think that would make the most sense,” Murphy told reporters on Wednesday. “We’ve put [a little] thought into it…I think with the [Titletown District] being up-and-running then, it could be a nice way to showcase some of the things we’ve done to Lambeau Field.”

Another point of discussion for Murphy was the approval from league owners to relocate the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas. The Raiders are building a new $1.9 billion stadium in the desert scheduled for completion in 2020. When asked about the recent upgrades to his own team’s facilities, Murphy said the conditions at NFL stadiums sometimes play a role in a team’s demise.

“I don’t want to think what would happen if the Packers ever moved out of Green Bay,” Murphy said with a chuckle. “For us, one of the main reasons we invest in [Lambeau Field] is make sure the team stays here.”

The smallest city to host an NFL team, Green Bay is known as one with a relatively low crime rate, which translates to the players on the team. The offseason can be a troubling time for NFL players, and the Packers are no exception. In 2015, former tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested in Florida for firing a gun in public during a confrontation in traffic. In recent days, cornerback Makinton Dorleant was involved in domestic disturbance in an Iowa bar.

“We monitor that. On a league-wide level, arrests are down significantly. I don’t know what specific situation — each one’s a little different. You’re always disappointed, but I worked on a college campus for a long time. These are young men and they make [questionable] decisions. These things happen and hopefully they learn from it.”

Brett Hundley headlines players attending Packers annual Tailgate Tour

GREEN BAY, Wis. — The 12th annual Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour will make stops in northern Wisconsin Apr. 4-8 featuring several current and former members of the team.

Below is all the information interested fans need to know before attending any of the five stops in northern Wisconsin and parts of Michigan:

The tour will make stops in Medford (April 4), Ashland (April 5), Houghton, Mich. (April 6), Rhinelander (April 7) and Iron Mountain, Mich. (April 8), with tailgate parties held in each city to support a local non-profit organization.

Tour celebrities will include Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy, players Brett Hundley, Aaron Ripkowski and Jake Ryan, and Packers alumni Robert Ferguson, Ahman Green and Ryan Longwell.
The tour will take place aboard a customized motor coach emblazoned with the “Green Bay Packers Tailgate Tour” logo and the phrase “Touching Down in Your Community.” In addition to the designated locations, tour celebrities will make surprise stops as the schedule allows.

The Medford, Ashland, Houghton, and Rhinelander tailgate parties will welcome the players and alumni arriving at 6 p.m., and festivities will run until 8:30 p.m. The Iron Mountain tailgate party will welcome the players and alumni arriving at 3 p.m., and festivities will run until 5:30 p.m. A local non-profit organization will host each party, which will feature food, giveaways, question-and-answer sessions and autographs. Tailgate party tickets cost $30.

General admission tickets also will be available for $10 for each location, which include access to the Q-and-A sessions as well as tailgate party activities. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

One hundred percent of the Tailgate Tour proceeds will benefit the hosting organizations.

“The Packers are very excited to embark on the 12th annual Tailgate Tour,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Thanks to the loyalty of our fans, we are proud to celebrate 12 successful years of this event. We are looking forward to visiting several areas throughout the state of Wisconsin and Upper Michigan, and we are proud to be supporting great organizations during the tour.”

Tickets for the tailgate parties at all locations will go on sale Monday, Feb. 6, at 8 a.m.

The tailgate party locations, hosting organizations and ticket information are as follows:
· Medford: April 4 at Black River Industries, Inc., at 650 Jensen Drive, Medford. To benefit Black River Industries. Tickets on sale at Black River Industries, Inc.; Medford Cooperative, 160 Medford Plaza; Cenex Convenience Store, 340 S. 8th S., Medford.
· Ashland: April 5 at the Bay Area Civic Center, 320 4th Ave W., Ashland. To benefit Baynet. Tickets on sale at the Ashland Chamber of Commerce, 1716 Lake Shore Dr., W.; Carlson Building Serv & Sup, 414 3rd Avenue E.; River Rock Inn & Bait Shop, 1200 Lake Shore Dr. W.; Neighborly Bar, 1301 Main St. W.
· Houghton: April 6 at the Michigan Tech Student Development Complex, 600 Macinnes Dr., Houghton, Mich. To benefit Dial Help. Tickets on sale at the Michigan Tech University Student Development Complex or online at tickets.mtu.edu.
· Rhinelander: April 7 at Rhinelander High School, 665 Coolidge Ave., Rhinelander. To benefit NATH Frederick Place. Tickets on sale at Trigs Service Desk, 232 Courtney St., Rhinelander, and at Best Embroideries, 22 W. Davenport St., Rhinelander.
· Iron Mountain: April 8 at Ford Airport, 2300 Woodward Ave., Kingsford, Mich. To benefit the Northwood’s Airlifeline. Tickets on sale at Econo Foods, 1600 S. Stephenson Ave., Iron Mountain, and at WJNR Radio Station, 212 West J St., Iron Mountain.

Fans interested in ‘Tailgate Tour’ details are encouraged to visit www.packers.com often, as tour information will be updated as the dates near.

Goodell supports possibility of Packers hosting NFL Draft

MINNEAPOLIS — When questioned this weekend about the possibility of the Packers hosting a future NFL Draft, Commissioner Roger Goodell said the addition of the Titletown District makes Green Bay a “great” choice.

Currently under construction, the Titletown District is scheduled for completion sometime in 2019 to line up with the Packers’ 100th anniversary. Team president Mark Murphy recently voiced his support for requesting to be the draft host as early as 2019, but NFL officials have not received any official paperwork from the Packers.

“I think that whole development that’s happening around the stadium could be a great place for it,” Goodell said, “but a lot of communities are trying to do this. Each community is putting their own twists on these things, which is really great.”

Working against the Packers is the lack of lodging for fans who would attend the NFL Draft event. The city of Green Bay has a population of 104,057, with this year’s draft in Chicago drawing an estimated 225,000.

The draft venue is typically chosen the summer of the prior year, so if the Packers propose Green Bay as a host city, an announcement would likely be made in summer 2018.

Packers Tailgate Tour stops in Dodgeville

DODGEVILLE, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers 11th annual Tailgate Tour made a stop in Dodgeville on Sunday to benefit the Iowa County Humane Society.

The event took place at the Herb Harris Park Ley Memorial Pavilion and started off with an honest, yet humorous mistake. One of the ICHS representatives who introduced the Packers upon their arrival referred to president Mark Murphy as “Mike,” getting a few laughs from the crowd, as well as a reaction from Murphy himself.

“I get confused with (general manager) Ted Thompson, but especially (head coach) Mike McCarthy,” Murphy responded. “A lot of people call me ‘Mike Murphy.’ I don’t know if people call him ‘Mark McCarthy.'”

The question and answer portion of the event began with more of a statement from a fan regarding the significance of the number 231. When prompted for the answer, the fan responded that it would be 231 days until the Packers were world champions again. The correct number was actually 230 days, but who’s counting?

There was a special autograph session for the Packers in attendance, which lasted over two hours.