President Trump’s comments on players kneeling for the national anthem pervaded a surprising slate of NFL games on Sunday, and even led to his biggest NFL supporter, Tom Brady, speaking out against him.
While Brady has relentlessly attempted to separate his football career from his friendship with Trump, when the President called all players who kneel for the national anthem “sons of b******”, Brady couldn’t dodge questions.
“Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive,” said Brady Monday morning in a radio interview in Boston.
Brady’s critics will certainly have a field day, as the player is still undoubtedly friendly with Trump. He even has a MAGA hat in his locker. But, on Sunday, Trump wasn’t about to take the field with him against the Houston Texans.
“Like I said, I just want to support my teammates.”
Brady admits he doesn’t like to be the one who makes his personal values the standard for the team, although that has been asked of him as a franchise quarterback.
Brady, who has described Trump as a friend, says he is not the one to say whether something is right or wrong.
“I do believe in what I believe in. I believe in bringing people together and respect and love and trust,” he said. “Those are the values that my parents instilled in me. That is how I try and live every day.”
“The one thing about football is it brings so many guys together — guys you would never have the opportunity to be around,” Brady said.
“Whether it was in college, and all the way into the pros. We’re all different, we’re all unique. That is what makes us all special.”
On Sunday, Brady locked arms with his fellow teammates while 16 Patriots knelt for the national anthem, marking the first time Trump’s favorite franchise had any players kneel for “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
The Hall of Fame QB told the Boston Herald he made the gesture out of “great love” for his teammates.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, say, ‘Get that son of a b*tch off the field right now. He is fired,'” Trump asked during an Alabama rally on Friday.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” he tweeted on Sunday. “Fire or suspend!”
It appears players are on the same page with their stance on kneeling but are the fans? DML asks this very question in his latest poll.
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