Two former Patriots teammates have very different takes on kneeling during the anthem

Damien Woody disagreed with Matt Light's stance on the Patriots who knelt for the anthem.

The decision by some Patriots players to kneel during the national anthem on Sunday has generated a range of responses. Among the differences of opinion are two former Patriots linemen, Damien Woody and Matt Light.

Both Light and Woody started on the Patriots’ offensive line during New England’s first two Super Bowl seasons. Each reacted differently to seeing players kneel for the anthem in response to comments made by President Trump.

Light told the Boston Herald’s Karen Guregian that for the first time, he was “ashamed to be a Patriot.”

“If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light told Guregian. “I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t’ matter.”


Woody disagreed with Light’s assessment, offering his response in two tweets:

Shortly afterward, Light joined morning radio show 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Toucher & Rich to elaborate on his original comments:

As a country, we face a lot of issues. There are a lot of things we have to do better. There are mistakes that get made, there are bad people, there are a lot of things out there. And as an NFL player, as a guy that spent 11 years in that locker room, I know the power that that platform creates. It gives you an amazing ability if you want to try to help a situation, or raise awareness, you can do it. But shouldn’t there be some consideration as to how you do it? Shouldn’t we ask of the leaders in that locker room and the men that represent the Patriot brand, shouldn’t we hold them accountable for their own actions? And shouldn’t we at least beg of them to consider what it is that they’re doing, and the impact that it will have on the greater community?

I heard from Devin McCourty in a quote that he knew that this was going to be a problem for the servicemen and women, yet they went ahead and did it anyway. And I just want to know, Devin, isn’t there another way that you could’ve raised awareness of an issue, whether it’s – and a lot of it was on a shirt, whether it’s sexism or racism or fascism – isn’t there another way that you could do it other than disrespecting our country?

Woody, separate from Light’s comments, took to Twitter later in the morning to note a particularly relevant anniversary: