BOSTON (CBS) – Patriots safety Devin McCourty fired back after President Donald Trump said at a campaign rally Friday night that NFL owners should fire players who kneel during the National Anthem.

Related: President Trump Says NFL Should Fire Players Who Kneel During National Anthem

“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, you’d say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. Out! He’s fired,” Trump said at a rally in Alabama.

When the Patriots visited the White House to celebrate the team’s Super Bowl win in April, McCourty did not attend.

In February, McCourty said he made the decision because “I don’t feel accepted in the White House.”

Saturday morning, McCourty tweeted about the response to his decision to skip the White House trip compared to the reaction following Trump’s Friday night remarks.

The Patriots declined comment on Trump’s comments.

Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman spoke out Saturday as well, saying on Twitter “The behavior of the President is unacceptable and needs to be addressed. If you do not Condemn this divisive Rhetoric you are Condoning it!!”

No Patriots players have kneeled during the National Anthems since the protests began last season.

Before last year’s season-opener versus the Arizona Cardinals, McCourty and then-teammate Martellus Bennett raised their fists following the anthem.

“Around the NFL, a lot of guys are doing different things,” said McCourty at the time. “We’ve talked as players throughout the league trying to make change in our communities one by one using our platform, not just doing it on Sundays and game days. We’ve talked about different things we’re going to try to do to help the country and help our communities out.”

Comments (5)
  1. Name one company in America where an employee can wear a full company uniform and protest against America on company time, thereby chasing off about 50% of the company’s customers. Name just one company that allows employees to do that. Just one.

  2. Paull Cudak says:

    Who pays their salary? Maybe they won’t like it when they are paid minimum wage because support from fans are non existent and TV contracts cancelled or only on ESPN which is also headed for Chapter 7, because 11 will never keep it going.
    It may not matter that much as right now down about 15+% but it is getting larger weekly.
    Instead of squashing it in the beginning they let it go and these ungrateful players think we are the ones going to cave if they get ignored and TV rating plummet and gate proceeds tumble.
    What did they ever learn in College, apparently nothing about economics.

  3. If you want to do so much for the country, then try defending it and supporting it!

  4. companies should respect freedom of speech just as much as individuals recognize their right to protest. It’s all about the money in Trump’s brain as in making the country great again. Unquestionably, the dumbest president this nation has ever seen.

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