Following an eventful Sunday, Patriots fans have a lot to take in. The dominant story took place during the pregame, when more than a dozen players either took a knee during the national anthem or locked arms in solidarity. On the field, New England staged a dramatic comeback on the team’s final drive to take the lead, and pull out a 36-33 win over the Texans.
Former Patriot lineman Matt Light was “ashamed” to see members of the team kneeling during the anthem: Matt Light, who played for the Patriots from 2001-2011 and helped the team win three Super Bowls, told Karen Guregian of the the Boston Herald that he did not take issue with fans booing Patriots players for taking a knee during the national anthem on Sunday.
“As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond disheartening,” Light said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.” (Boston Herald)
Former Patriots receiver Troy Brown says that he hopes Robert Kraft will “disconnect” himself from Trump: On Comcast SportsNet New England’s Patriots postgame show, Troy Brown – who, like Light, was a formative member of the Patriots’ dynasty – said that he wants to see Robert Kraft distance himself from the president.
“I hope that at some point he would disconnect himself from that man.” (CSNNE)
Tom Brady explained his thoughts on Trump’s comments: Making his weekly appearance on WEEI’s Kirk & Callahan, Tom Brady reiterated his stance that he only wanted to “support my teammates.” However, the Patriots quarterback did offer a critique of the president.
““Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive.” (WEEI)
President Trump is “OK” with Robert Kraft’s statement calling his comments on the NFL “disappointing”: The president weighed in on the Patriots’ official statement from Kraft on Sunday morning. Regarding Trump’s description of any NFL player who kneels for the anthem being a “son of a bitch,” Kraft said that he was “disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President.”
“Look, that’s OK,” Trump said. “He has to take his ideas and go with what he wants. I think it’s very disrespectful to our country. I think it’s very, very disrespectful to our flag.” (Boston.com)