Robert Kraft wasn’t the only member of the Patriots organization to push back against Donald Trump’s attacks on NFL players.
Nate Solder, the Patriots’ starting left tackle, tweeted Sunday that the team has too much respect for each other inside the locker room to let national anthem protests divide them.
“Stand or kneel, that’s a free choice,” said Solder, a seventh-year offensive lineman and son of a Vietnam War veteran.
“You won’t see any division in this locker room over that, we respect each other too much.”
stand or kneel, that's a free choice, you won't see any division in this locker room over that, we respect each other too much.
— Nate Solder (@soldernate) September 24, 2017
Solder’s sentiment was shared by some members of the Patriots defense as well.
Recently acquired defensive end Cassius Marsh said that NFL players deserve to exercise “exercise ALL our rights as citizens of this amazing, beautiful country.”
We all most definitely deserve to play the game we love and exercise ALL our rights as citizens of this amazing, beautiful country I love
— Cassius Marsh (@KingCash_7191) September 24, 2017
Devin McCourty, who skipped the Patriots’ visit to the White House in protest of the president, evoked Trump’s recent remarks to ask whether critics of his decision would speak up now. During a rally Friday, the Republican president vulgarly called for NFL owners to fire players who protest during the national anthem.
Ppl said it was disrespectful not going to the White House..I’m sure they are quiet about us being called “sons of bitches” 🤦🏿♂️(D-Mac)
— Devin&Jason McCourty (@McCourtyTwins) September 23, 2017
Meanwhile, Tom Brady, whose close relationship with Trump has been closely scrutinized, posted a photo on Instagram listing the qualities of an NFL player, though it did not specifically mention the president or his comments.
“Strength. Passion. Love. Brotherhood. Team. Unity. Commitment. Dedication. Determination. Respect. Loyalty. Work,” Brady wrote Sunday morning, adding the hashtag #nflplayer.
Brady also appeared to applaud a similar Instagram post by Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
This is Aaron Rodgers' post on Instagram this morning, but look at the comment at the bottom – yes, that's the real Tom Brady. pic.twitter.com/Ntr7y7PyiD
— Trevor Sikkema (@TampaBayTre) September 24, 2017