Trump Takes On NFL: Former Patriot "Ashamed" In Players That Took Knee
Former Patriots LT Matt Light has “no problem with fans booing” Patriots players who took a knee during yesterday's game against the Texans, as he "walked away from the game ‘ashamed,’” according to Karen Guregian of the BOSTON HERALD. Light, who spent his entire 11-year career with the Pats, said, "If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong.” He added the kneeling during the anthem “would have never happened during my time.” Light: “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. It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.” Light said that he was “surprised this would happen" under coach Bill Belichick's watch given how tightly Belichick has always run the team (BOSTON HERALD, 9/25).
BRADY DISAGREES WITH TRUMP: Patriots QB Tom Brady linked arms with his teammates during the anthem yesterday, and he said that he “disagreed with what the president said.” Brady during his weekly appearance on WEEI-FM this morning said, “I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive." He added, "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.” WEEI.com’s Ryan Hannable said that Brady “reiterated his comments from after the game about why he linked arms” with WR Phillip Dorsett and others. It was “about the love and support he has for his teammates” (WEEI.com, 9/25). Meanwhile, Brady said that he “heard the boos” from the crowd yesterday, but he did “not condemn them.” Brady: “You can voice your disagreement. That's absolutely, I think that's great. That's part of our democracy. As long as it's done in a peaceful, respectful way, that's what our country is all about” (BOSTONHERALD.com, 9/25).