New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady finally broke his silence on President Trump’s comments regarding kneeling and the National Anthem.
The president created a firestorm over the weekend for remarks such as these, lambasting players who refused to stand for the National Anthem.
Sports fans should never condone players that do not stand proud for their National Anthem or their Country. NFL should change policy!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
Yesterday, many players sat during the pre-game National Anthem, protesting President Trump and his remarks. Many fans reacted with boos:
Patriots players kneel during national anthem, booed by Gillette Stadium crowd pic.twitter.com/5mxrS1mXqV
— Nick O'Malley (@nickjomalley) September 24, 2017
Amidst all of this, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady maintained his silence about Trump. That is, until this morning. Fresh off his last minute win over the Houston Texans, Brady went on Boston talk radio show WEEI. When asked about Trump’s comments, he replied, “Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive. I just want to support my teammates. I am never one to say, ‘Oh, that is wrong. That is right.’ I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust. Those are the values that my parents instilled in me.”
This is surprising coming from Brady. It’s well-known that many on the Patriots’ staff are fans of President Trump, including team owner Robert Kraft. In 2015, a “Make America Great Again” hat was spotted in Brady’s lockeroom:
2015: Tom Brady keeps his MAGA hat on display at his locker
2017: Tom "Unity" Brady locks arms with black teammates during national anthem pic.twitter.com/WAWydfvItX
— justin lew block (@JBlock49) September 24, 2017
Yesterday, Brady stood for the Anthem. But it’s clear he doesn’t appreciate the president’s stance on patriotism, which is ironic given the team he leads. Kraft also released a statement Friday, saying he was disappointed in Trump’s comments:
— Coy Wire (@CoyWire) September 24, 2017
After yesterday’s controversial demonstrations, it will be interesting to see if President Trump continues to comment on the issue. It looks like failed quarterback Colin Kaepernick got more than he bargained for with his little stunt last year.
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