Last weekend, shameless New England Patriot players linked arms or took a knee to show “solidarity” during the National Anthem. This protest is now a serious epidemic for the 2017 NFL football season.
However, after tremendous fan outrage and loss of advertisers, it appears the New England Patriots just backed down.
A new report from CBS Boston states the team will help reverse this trend as every player will be standing during the National Anthem at this Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.
Will they link arms? It’s unclear, but this is a positive development: “A new report from CBS Boston states the team will help reverse this trend as the entire team will be standing during the National Anthem during this Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers.”
CBS notes that the team’s owner Robert Kraft, a friend of President Trump, is still angry about the President’s comments:
“Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among many executives across the league to respond to Trump’s comments, saying he was ‘deeply disappointed’ by his remarks. Quarterback Tom Brady also said he ‘disagrees’ with what Trump said, supporting his teammates’ right to choose what to do during the anthem. Both Kraft and Brady stood during the anthem last Sunday, while Brady locked arms with Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett.”
It looks like the team is reversing course. But we will have to wait and see what the players actually decide to do.
Reactions from fans were mixed. One opined, “I think they have the right to do whatever they want, personally.”
But others are not happy about these anti-American protests: “Very disappointed that people knelt, very disappointed.”
“What are you gonna do?” added another fan.
President Trump noted that he still likes Kraft: “I like Bob very much. He’s my friend. He gave me a Super Bowl ring a month ago. Right? So he’s a good friend of mine. And I want him to do what he wants to do.”
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