BOSTON (CBS) — Just one week after many members of the Patriots kneeled during the national anthem, a new report indicates that they will all stand together as a team next time out.

A league source told CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay on Tuesday that all Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled.

Teams across the league had similar demonstrations last Sunday, which were mostly a response to controversial comments made by President Donald Trump about NFL players who sit or kneel during the national anthem. The president described such players as ‘sons of bitches’ during a rally in Alabama last Friday, also declaring that they should be fired for doing so.

Members of the New England Patriots kneel during the National Anthem before the game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium on Sept. 24, 2017. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Patriots owner Robert Kraft was among many executives across the league to respond to Trump’s comments, saying he was “deeply disappointed” by his remarks. Quarterback Tom Brady also said he “disagrees” with what Trump said, supporting his teammates’ right to choose what to do during the anthem. Both Kraft and Brady stood during the anthem last Sunday, while Brady locked arms with Patriots receiver Phillip Dorsett.

The decision of many players to kneel during the national anthem in Foxboro drew a wide range of reactions, some negative. Former Patriots tackle Matt Light said he felt “ashamed” to be a Patriot for the first time in his life. Fans appeared split on the issue of players protesting the anthem.

If the Patriots do end up standing as a collective group during the national anthem next Sunday, it will send the message of unity that the players were trying to send last weekend.

Comments (171)
  1. Allen Blaine says:

    Trying to create unity??? With who? the players??? So in other words to heck with the fans, to heck with all Americans. Well, to heck with you. Us peons pay your salaries with our purchases of tickets and products from the sponsors. That money pit is right now as we speak drying up very quickly. You Don’t like it here then leave this country. I have yet to get any answers from the players or on any blogs as to actual facts and explicit examples of oppression. No one can answer the question or won’t answer the question, probably because they cannot cite any examples. This “protesting” started 3 years ago, long before the election and no one even knew Trump was going to run. This is Obama’s baby. For the players in an organized manner advocating for the overthrow of the POTUS and the government, is called sedition, and is a violation of federal law. It is also treason. So if they keep on, Jeff Sessions can really make a legal case of this and arrests would be made.

    1. i agree with your sentiments
      it is NOT TREASON
      treason has a very clear constitutional definition and requires “the levying of war against the US”

      The crime is prohibited by legislation passed by Congress. Therefore, the United States Code at 18 U.S.C. § 2381

      Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

      1. Robyn Page says:

        The NFL just gave families across the nation more together time, no longer will they have the games on during holidays.

    2. Jeff Kelly says:

      I was at the Monday night Cowboy/Cardinal game and booed along with thousands of Dallas fans when the entire team and their owner saluted Kraponick. Dallas lost all respect and hopefully the most valuable franchise in the world loses billions for their anti cop Krapo salute.
      Used to support Brady and Rodgers but they too have become Krapo supporters.
      Then there is NIKE publishing their support for the Krapo saluters. Bye bye NIKE and the NFL. You have self destructed.

      1. Whites in the NFL aren’t afraid of getting physically hurt, but they are scared to death of being called “racist.”

    3. Ishmaiah Jay says:

      The kneeling caused a wide range of reactions, “some” negative? Fans appear split on the issue? Funny, since polling puts the “split” at 60/40 or 70/30 against. Yeah, we are split, just not in the way this article implies.

      1. They act like poll numbers matter. What matters is MONEY. If just 1% of NFL fans boycott that’s about $1 Billion in lost revenues every year. Not exactly chump change.

        Money talks. We will bring them back in line. We’ll see how “principled” those kneelers are when their salaries are threatened.

      2. jay10940 says:

        They can NOT tell you the truth against their economic interests. Right now I am watching a popup ad on here for Takeda Oncology featuring a Patriots player. They whole system stinks to high heaven. in a just world Takeda would be boycotted out of business. Too much money going too many places.

    4. Paul Roberts says:

      Patriots, The Citizens who have allegiance to the United States, Honor the Military, Veterans, Police, Law enforcement need to stand against this now. No more support of the NFL teams that go against our flag and our country. Let the stadiums be empty and the broadcasts of the game not watched. Then watch the owners turn around and do the right thing or lose their butts.

    5. Rice Glanmod says:

      My sentiment exactly. I want to be open minded and fair minded. I don’t want to dismiss out right the grievances these “kneelers” want to express; maybe there is something to it that we, especially supposedly privileged white males don’t know about. I am yet to figure out what my privilege is, but that can wait. I want to understand what institutional discrimination this country still has on its books that causes such protests. Do we punish people for the same crime differently based on their skin color? If that’s the case and there is statistical proof I want to hear it, and maybe we ought to have a conversation about it. But I don’t buy sociologists’ pretzel logic stating that the fact that more blacks end up in prison is the evidence of institutional discrimination. Because, well, I use sound logic as should everyone. I also don’t think episodes of cops killing black individuals qualifies as evidence nor a reason to protest the anthem (because cops are local community not federal servants), and because in all those cases cops were either convicted or acquitted by jury of peers based on evidence and facts, and because there are also incidents of cops killing white individuals just just does not draw media attention nor causes riots on the streets. So, I am all for dialog. Let’s hear all sides arguments.

    6. David Santos says:

      Boycott until they get on bended knees and apologize in the open to America, the fans veterans and condemn BLM ANTIFA and all cop killers, until then screw the NFL..

    7. Those who kneel really demonstrate they heel to collectivist presume and have NO Individualism or self respect.Those who kneel really demonstrate they heel to collectivist presume and have NO Individualism or self respect.

    8. What it is:
      A violation of the conditions for the NFL’s tax-exempt status which forbids political activism. Threaten to revoke it and the entire team will be on their feet with rings on their fingers and bells on their toes.

  2. So, the financial pressure is on. The NFL player/owners evidently believe their fans are dopey puds which short attention spans who are easily swayed. WRONG.

    1. jay10940 says:

      And here goes another pop-up with a video of a disrespectful Patriot player and a backdrop with logos for Gillette, Zudy, and Dunkin’ Donuts. Endless money, endless corruption, endless hatred of our Country, our Flag, our Anthem and decency itself.

  3. Bob Leahy says:

    No, Trump did not describe them as SOBs, he said it would be nice if a coach said get that SOB off the field. Get it RIGHT!

    1. Bob, that doesn’t sell ad space. That’s what this is all about. The president created a great way for the media to sell way more ad space and the NFL is playing right into it at their own expense. The race card was played only by one man and everyone believes it and this all grows into a $h1+storm because of it. The media LOVES all this!

    2. Mike Herman says:

      Stop telling the media how to do their job. Leave the fake news to experts who know how to create it.

  4. A bunch of largely illiterate ‘celebrities’ decide to use the National Anthem to display their self-absorbed gesturing in support of a movement based upon a patently false narrative, and now they cry “this has nothing to do with the National Anthem(?)”
    These freaking morons are below contempt.

  5. John Diamond says:

    too little too late for me to care. I had cancelled directv last year and haven’t ;looked back. Good luck to all the millionaires protesting how racist America is, because this blue collar white guy could care less. Now if you want to protest the bad cops, in Washington , or in front of a police station…….on your own time, I would fully support that. This is like protesting the heroin epidemic at a Funeral and then wondering why the family doesn’t support your efforts…….I am sick of the left-wingers in America making every stupid thing political!

  6. “controversial comments” to tell American Citizens to stand for the anthem.

    1. “In a time of universal deceit, speaking the truth is a revolutionary act” – George Orwell

      The only thing controversial about Trumps comments were that he spoke the truth.

  7. Bob Blaney says:

    This is what you call “Too little, too late”. I stopped watching the NFL when this started in 2016.

  8. Dave Allen says:

    I love that the NFL and Patriots are supporting the Democrats, Black Lives Matters, and ANTIFA. The flag and Anthem are clearly racist symbols.
    I think the Patriots should change there name because the Patriots were a majority slave holders and is clearly offensive.

  9. The only reason they’re all going to stand next week is because they see the damage they caused and the money they’ll potentially lose in the future! Those GD Black Dogs are full of s**t! and don’t fool us fans for a minute. If they think we’re going to kiss and make up they’re even bigger ignorant Simians than I thought? I burned my NFL gear two days ago and I loved football, but it’s time to tell the league to go F Off!!

    1. Steve Austin says:

      I believe it was the Reverend Wright who once said it more succinctly and it applies here. NFL- The chickens have come home, to roost.

  10. rytwinger says:

    Too late for me, rumpswab morons….Try working for a living, spoiled idiot traitors!

  11. Fred Smith says:

    The ultimate goal is power for the left but it’s also very much about race and the destruction of Western civilization. The left has a very powerful hold on academia and the spread of Critical Race Theory has been the ultimate tool for anti-white racism. Here’s a good critique of CRT.

    Notice that CRT relies heavily on narratives that don’t need to be truthful. That’s why BLM touts the “Hands up, Don’t shoot” quote which was proven false by Holder’s DOJ. Truth and logic doesn’t matter to the left. It’s all about feelings and perceptions. The concept of microaggressions came from CRT. The whole point of CRT is to codify anti-white racism into everything. Merit no longer matters, only the distribution of power and wealth to non-white races because racism is considered a permanent component of American life.

    BLM and Kaepernick/anthem protests are just a couple of the noxious results of the influence of CRT. Worst is the epidemic of black on white violent crime which the MSM hides. It’s high time that a major backlash happens against the left and the peddlers of CRT. Americans need to boycott the NFL, NBA, ESPN, Hollywood, Silicon Valley and Trump and Sessions need to confront head-on the cancer that is growing within academia.

    1. Thank you for your post and link. I just spent an hour or two going down that particular rabbit hole into relevant and related articles, and it’s worse than I could have possibly imagined. The abysmal hypocrisy of all those fascist, cultist tyrants who populate Reclaim Harvard Law, and their absurd, counterproductive “demands” (also going on everywhere else in academia around the country), can only mean one thing: this country is Royally Screwed (pun intended). Seriously.

  12. Trump couldn’t dumb it down enough to get through these rocket scientists heads. Guess there is something to repeated percussive head trauma from playing football. Now we just have to let our wallets speak at the NBA and see if pay decreases get those Nuclear Physicists back to playing the game and not spouting off over things above their pay grade.

    Maybe these guys need to wake up and see they are being used for ratings and political points. Don’t these guys see that the Leftists seem to pull the racism card out of their hats every 3 or 4 years? Now we are all racists because Hillary didn’t get elected? Wake up.

  13. Gerry Rudmin says:

    The NFL is dead to many, many Americans. Once one stops watching and finds other, more productive things to do with a Sunday afternoon, it’s difficult to wander back to watch grown men playing…. a ball game.

    1. Sammy Behot says:

      Gerry – you are so right. All they are – are grown men playing a game. How dare they refer to themselves as warriors. If they want to see a warrior, come see my son who was shot twice from the enemy while serving under Clinton’s misadventures in Bosnia. These A holes think they are God’s gift to the world. No they are not. They are just very prideful people full of themselves. How true the Proverb is ‘That pride comes before a fall”. It certainly applies in their case.

  14. Rich athletes disrespected the flag and nation on Gold Star Parents Day not to speak out against any kind of injustice, but rather to protest the words of the President. Incredibly poor judgment and very disappointing. Backlash is understandable and warranted. If more athletes served the country to defends its freedoms as opposed to playing games for a living they would likely exercise better judgment.

  15. Sammy Behot says:

    Repentance requires actions not just a show. If they really are sorry, how about each player donating a million bucks or so, and Kraft donating a few hundred million to various veteran groups around the country. That will not happen, Just like all leftists, they talk a good game, but never follow through with actions that mean anything.

  16. I don’t care anymore. I’m done with this political grandstanding…. boycott NFC

    1. Mike Herman says:

      The left has taught us that it’s much more effective to boycott their sponsors. THAT gets results.

  17. What about the NFL rule book that dictates that all players shall stand at attention with their helmets in their left hand? Locking your arms together in ‘solidarity’ is against the rules and still shows a disrespect for our flag and what it stands for. If you want to stand on a public street to do that, it’s your right as long as you do not have a contractual agreement with your employer. Football Stadiums are not public places in that the people receiving the profits go to the owners first, their contracted concessionaires and their contracted employees the players. Sorry but that is law and covered by our Constitution as well no matter how you desire to cover your actions. Attention boys, you are standing on thin ice that is cracking.

  18. Karl Spencer says:

    We must remove politics from the game or it will destroy it. Our culture is under attack by a segment of our population and we must stand up against it.

  19. They gave the middle class the middle finger. Now they want to act like it isn’t really a George Soros anti-Flag, anti-America statement. The elitists have explained how we should think, how we should react and how stupid we are.

    They can kiss my butt.

  20. Brian Martin says:

    “SOME” negative? whoever wrote this is living under a rock? I’ve never seen such a massive and negative backlast / boycott to something in my life. Especially something as sacred as football. God damn the media is so fvking clueless

    1. Dan Meyers says:

      True dat. Every single NFL fan I know (a few dozen) are done watching until this ish is cleared up. Give me another profession where you can protest and break the rule book as you wish and suffer no repercussions. Football fans are mad, mad, mad. Not a little mad. The game of football is nothing compared to the flag and our country.

  21. So brave to kneel and trash my Flag, my Country. Weasels.

  22. I hope they do stand and salute the flag. That’s what Americans do, and it what NFL rules require.

  23. As a huge former Pats fan, I’m done with Football and have not watched one game, not even the opener. I don’t even know what the Pats record is this year. What the premadonna million dollar players are doing is so disrespectful to our Veterans. The NFL and Players have slapped the faces of the servicemen and women who have served and died for our great country. The NFL is dead, signed A Disabled Vet.

  24. Too late… The damage was done, you can’t take it back. I have 17 generations in this great nation, many who fought and some who died fighting under that flag and its predecessor. They fought to defeat Nazis, Fascists, Communists, Slavery, and Foreign rule. Your team is named the Patriots. Real Patriots love this country, and the banner for which it stands.

  25. OK well what are you going to do about the women beaters in the league? the players being accused of rape?
    how will the league begin to filter players that may have a propensity towards criminal activity?

    I quit watching 4 years ago after Aaron hernandez murders, ray rice and other criminal behavior by players.

    so honestly this whole thing did not help….. what will the league do to stop future bad actors? i know its not the majority of players but it only takes a few bad actors to destroy confidence in the league.

    that’s where i stand and have stood for over 4 years now!!! or 5?

  26. The players of the NFL kneeled on foreign soil and stood for a foreign country’s anthem. That’s all that needs to be said. You stupid mother F’s are done.

  27. Dave Parker says:

    Ah yes…the ‪NFL…the only business in America where the employees can come to work, disrespect our flag, pizz-off the paying customers, and still keep their jobs ! Can you say ” weak,pandering, leadership” hmmmmm…?‬

  28. I’m still trying to understand what those kneeling want accomplished. Let then state exactly what they want America to do to make them once again respect this country, its anthem, and flag. Paying them millions to play a kids game obviously hasn’t satisfied them. Pointing to perceived, but not statistically proven from FBI data, actions that happened in the past, what do they want tomorrow and the day after? Then again, maybe they just want attention and further divide the nation rather than taking action to bring it together.

  29. Sorry. Too late. I’m onto other things. You showed who you really are. You picked the wrong protest. Been a fan since 1982, have a stack of shorts and hats and decals on my car. No more. I unfollowed all of them and their sychophant leftist media parasites on Twitter too.

  30. I’ve got a recommendation to all football fans. Go to a high school game on Friday night. Costs are only $6, the money stays in the community and the quality of play here in Texas is exceptional. (And it keeps me out of the bars, so it’s a net gain dollar wise).
    It’s really a nice change to see players play for a team they actually care about.

  31. Arfy Warfy says:

    The damage is done… too late slime balls.

  32. AT the very least ANY taxpayer money going to the NFL needs to stop today!

    Screw the Patriots and the entire NFL.

  33. Sanders says:

    The NFL needs its fans. The fans do not need the NFL. Stop taxpayer subsidies to the NFL and all professional sports teams.

  34. That racist Muslim bich Nessa Diab, Kaepernick’s girl “friend,” started all this by conning him into pizzing all over the flag and the anthem. Kaepernick sort-of got Karmic Justice when that bich also cost him a job with the Ravens after her racist tweet, but she hasn’t faced the music yet. She should be tried for treason and/or deported to whatever third-world s**thole she admires so much more than this country and the symbols that are its flag and anthem.

    1. Yes, I believe the girlfriend had something to do with it also. Wait until they break up. He will feel like a fool. Also Hillary and Soros started BLM so that all blacks would vote for Hillary. Do you notice we don’t see the videos of the blacks being beat up by police all of a sudden? I am glad everyone sees the truth for what it is. President Trump is the only one fighting for the American people.

  35. Pf Mahan says:

    They are finding out they should think before acting, this will not work, now they will seem fake trying to apologize, LOL, I love it, they are worried their salaries might drop

  36. When anyone goes to any sporting event, it isn’t about what political party, what race, what religion, what gender anyone is. It’s about being a fan of that team. People want to forget all of that during the game. These players have now turned it into a political arena. They have ruined what it is supposed to be about for a lot of people.

  37. Gary C says:

    Let’s have a giant daycare center at Gillette Stadium Sunday, we can lock arms, sing Barney songs and then feel better about ourselves. Everyone I love you, you love me, were one big happy family. Who’s mom is going to being the orange slices and juice boxes. Coach will give out participation trophies after. Pathetic

  38. It’s an anti-cop protest. The idiot players who refused to stand are really insulting the city cops. I wish the cops would refuse to help them in their time of need so the moron players would be taught a lesson, but cops have too much integrity to do that. Shame on the players. Shame on the teams who participated in the anti-cop protest.

  39. Andy Howe says:

    “The decision of many players to kneel during the national anthem in Foxboro drew a wide range of reactions, some negative.”

    The decision of many players to kneel during the national anthem in Foxboro drew a wide range of reactions, MOST negative.

    Fixed that for you. If you were not part of the media and CBS, I wouldn’t have to fix it; you would realize it.

  40. texasjimbrock says:

    What ever happened to the word “knelt”? I prefer it to “kneeled”.

  41. Dan Weaver says:

    Someone else said it better than I can. Here are their words:

    Dear NFL Player:
    “You graduated high school in 2011. Your teenage years were a struggle. You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate.
    Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football. Your best friend was just like you, except he didn’t play football. Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage.

    You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best. They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D’s. College was not an option for him. On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter. You went to summer workouts. He went to basic training.

    You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans. Tutors attended to your every academic need. You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard. You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.
    Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice. He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did. He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American men give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA.

    You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts. Your hired an agent and waited for draft day. You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football. Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.

    You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach. He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers. You will sleep at the Ritz. He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep. You will “make it rain” in the club. He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

    On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name. For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week. There are no adoring fans. There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and “go to the rear” to rest. He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV. When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television. While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.
    To the players of the NFL: We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys. We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism.

    Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you. We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth. We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right.

    But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country. I am done with NFL football and encourage all likeminded Americans to boycott the NFL .”

    1. Well said. Thanks for posting. Former fans should bring their flags to Gillette next Sunday and demonstrate. Let the players drive through a gauntlet of flags as they drive their Escalades to work.

  42. So let me get this straight – a player can get penalized for taunting an opposing player, and even ejected (and possibly fined) for doing it twice, yet they can taunt they entire stadium and television audience with impunity. The NFL is truly lost. Even replacing Goodell may be too little too late.

  43. If you really want to draw attention to your cause, quit drawing attention to yourselves (players). Take a knee before or after the anthem and it will help to stop the divisiveness, therefore calling attention to your cause.

    You have started a war and your cause is lost in the noise.

  44. Mr. Trump will win in the end. In the end, none of these players will kneel during the anthem – and all the while they’ll tell us how unified they all are, and how bad their President really is. Meanwhile, the kneeling will stop. 85% are apposed to it. Numbers talk, BS walks.

  45. I’m still not watching them next week and hope they lose. Still very upset that they knelt.

  46. Look players:

    Do us a favor and keep politics out of sports. Then, go into your communities and actually DO SOMETHING about what you claim you are upset about (although no one can actually say what it is).

    Stop acting like spoiled children. Or at least try to act like something different than you are. Give us back the illusion that when you lose a game its not because you sat around for hours trying to figure out how you can insult the American public best.

  47. These guys are really beyond help. They are among the richest and most pampered people in the country – yet they choose THIS (dissing the long held American tradition of standing for the National Anthem) for their vehicle. I’ve said it in many other places. they have a huge mic and could have spoken out (frankly DONE something) about violence in their communities almost anywhere and their message would have been heard and understood. Instead, they are sending a strong signal to the youth “of color” that the police are there, not to help them, but rather to “oppress” and kill them. And these Mensa rejects are simply dumbfounded by the troubles IN
    THEIR OWN COMMUNITY? Somebody once said it better than anyone – you just can’t fix stupid. and these guys, for all their money, and advantages, are just plain stupid.

  48. The name of your team is the Patriots, if you are kneeling, you are no Patriot. To the libtards, you lost and lost big. Shut that pie hole and quit damaging the country or you’ll be in an unemployment line, or worse.

  49. Been a Pats fan for 40+ years. This is a a lot to o little and way fing too late. Sundays will never be the same in this house.

  50. We forgave homicides, dog killers,wife beaters,child lashers,drunk driver and drug takers. But this we can not and will not forgive.The NFL is dead to me.

  51. As usual the MSM mis represents what DJT said. DJT did not call these SOBs SOBs. He asked the audience if they would like it if the team owner said “get those SOBs out of here” if they knelt during the national anthem… and the crowd roared in approval.

    1. Mike Herman says:

      That reality didn’t fit what the writer wanted, and fake news standards allow quotes to be changed to fit the narrative.

  52. When ALL of the players who disrespected my country are gone, and ALL of the remaining players are required by contract to stand respectfully at attention for the Anthem, without any attempts to play politics, then I’ll be back.

    Until then no soup for you, NFL. You crossed a line. And no, one or two teams straightening up is NOT ENOUGH. The league gets most of the money. Supporting any team, or player, supports the league and ALL the players. It’s not possible to pick and choose.

  53. Samuel Green says:

    Unfortunately, Tom Brady is misinformed by the players having a choice. Below is the league rules verbatim.

    “The NFL rule book specifically requires both teams appear on the field for the playing of the anthem, standing, remaining quiet, and holding their helmets in their left hands. Failure to do so can result in fines, suspensions, and the loss of draft picks.

    The rules are found on pages A62-63 of the league’s game operations manual:

    “The National Anthem must be played prior to every NFL game, and all players must be on the sideline for the National Anthem.”

  54. Joe Schuster says:

    FTNFL – They brought this upon themselves. As a long time Patriot fan I choose to put country first. Under Goodell’s leadership the sinking has accelerated.

  55. John Winkler says:

    DJT voiced his opinion which is held by most American’s. DJT did not cause this. DJT did not allow this to happen. The group that ALLOWED the disrespect for the Flag and National Anthem was and is the NFL. No one else is responsible. The NFL should either say to its employees that they are or are not allowed to do during the playing of the national anthem. If they allow employees to act in a disrespectful manner contrary to traditional acts during the anthem.. Then their customer can decide if they want to continue to be customers .. Simple.. NFL take responsibility quit blaming DJT or who ever.. Make your policy and let’s play ball. Taking a knee IS NOT A FIRST AMENDMENT RIGHT… TAKING A KNEE MAKES YOU…. AN… “SOB”

  56. File a lawsuit to change their name, it offends the sense and sensibilities of real Americans!

  57. Mike Herman says:

    They should either stand or change their name.

  58. They got the message loud and clear :):) They will stand now. I guess it wasn’t all that important to them — Money.

  59. I’m a 34 year USMC vet and my 50+ years as a Patriot’s fan ended Sunday. The disrespect to our Anthem, flag and vets is irrepairable. Rich, spoiled, whiney athletes who never risked anything for our freedom. I wonder how oppressed they feel riding home to their McMansions in their Escalades while our service personnel sweat in wastelands of Iraq, Afghanistan and a hundred other hell holes.

  60. If they don’t stand…then they should remove that costume and leave the field.

  61. Unable To says:

    What fans at the game should do is boycott all concessions at the games. I know that not everyone will do so, but if you could get 30 or 40 or 50% of fans to do so at every NFL game between now and Thanksgiving it would sure get the owners’ attention. No beer, no food, no merchandise, etc. Hit the owners in the pocketbook and they would quickly put an end to this nonsense. people could still tailgate and have their fill before the game. I guarantee that after 3 or 4 weeks of losing 30, 40 or 50% of concession revenues week after week the owners would get the message loud an clear.

  62. Mike Herman says:

    “SOME negative” reaction? 60 to 70 percent is SOME in the fake news media?

  63. It’s good to know that they stand in unity to say that the cops are pigs and all that the flag stands for is held in contempt by all on the team, even white guys. Great job. There are those who want to destroy this country and the NFL has done a lot to fray the fabric of it. Morons.

  64. I have been watching the Patriots since Jim Plunkett was the QB. I witnessed live Tatum’s hit on Stingley, the snowplow field goal, and heard from Howard Cosell (during a Patriots game) that John Lennon was dead.

    This is little, too late. I stopped following the Patriots on all social media platforms, including Patriots Nation, Tom Brady, the Patriots themselves, and I unsubscribed to the Patriots’ Pro Shop email. I am totally disgusted by their actions, those of management, other owners and the NFL hierarchy, and I’m not even a big fan of Trump, but kneeling during the National Anthem, the closest secular equivalent to a prayer, is too much. I’m done.

    Thanks for the ride that last few years, but when you pretty much say “Screw the United States”, I say screw you.

  65. Emm Are Kay says:

    Is this a ploy to distract from the cheapskates attempt to extort $5 for “tap” water?

  66. I predict the black players will stand and pump their fists into the air like the black athletes at the olympics did many years ago. This won’t end.

  67. It would appear that the coaches of the Patriots aren’t as gullible as the left wing media and have found that they are greatly in the minority on this topic and the fans (who pay the bills) are PI$$ED!
    These teams feel no remorse for the disgracing themselves, they are worried about their wallets and image
    We vote for our teams with dollars.
    Time to drain the NFL swamp and withdraw our funding

  68. Play ICE-T’s “Cop-Killer”….they’ll stand and most will even dance.

  69. Rocco Tool says:

    Notice how the Leftist Media still portrays the protesting as against Trump and not disrespecting the flag. Do you fall for this propaganda every day? Whenever I see a team disrespect the flag and what it stands for, I refuse to watch said team anymore. It’s not complicated. It’s simple. And that’s my own peaceful protest.

  70. Too little and too late!
    Only suckers support the overpaid thugs of “professional” athletics, most of whom would be on welfare or in jail were it not for the game.

  71. Matt T. says:

    What, exactly, is the Message? Unity? Unity for what? Unity for Oppression of minorities by guys who make millions? Unity to continue the oppression by voting for the people who have succeeded in making minorities kill each other? Become poorer than they were before? The ones who broke up the families? The ones that want abortion to be the rule for certain group rather than the exception? Or, maybe, it is against the people who say “Content of your character and not the color of your skin”? NFL: You say people have the right to speak their mind and that is why you won’t stop this. However, YOU told the Cowboys they couldn’t put a symbol of support for the Police after the 5 cops were murdered in Dallas. You denied a player the right to wear a symbol to remember their mother who had died of cancer. You have rules for denial of free speech by the players but you then say how you can’t (really Won’t) stop these actions. Yeah, NFL…you got me back a couple years ago but you just lost me.

  72. Black Lies Matter:

    “The FBI released its official crime tally for 2016 today, and the data flies in the face of the rhetoric that professional athletes rehearsed in revived Black Lives Matter protests over the weekend.

    Contrary to the Black Lives Matter narrative, the police have much more to fear from black males than black males have to fear from the police. In 2015, a police officer was 18.5 times more likely to be killed by a black male than an unarmed black male was to be killed by a police officer. Black males have made up 42 percent of all cop-killers over the last decade, though they are only 6 percent of the population. That 18.5 ratio undoubtedly worsened in 2016, in light of the 53 percent increase in gun murders of officers—committed vastly and disproportionately by black males. Among all homicide suspects whose race was known, white killers of blacks numbered only 243.

    Seventy-two percent of the nation’s officers say that they and their colleagues are now less willing to stop and question suspicious persons, according to a Pew Research poll released in January. The reason is the persistent anti-cop climate.

    Four studies came out in 2016 alone rebutting the charge that police shootings are racially biased. If there is a bias in police shootings, it works in favor of blacks and against whites. That truth has not stopped the ongoing demonization of the police—including, now, by many of the country’s ignorant professional athletes. The toll will be felt, as always, in the inner city, by the thousands of law-abiding people there who desperately want more police protection.”- Heather Mac Donald, September 25, 2017

  73. David Grimes says:

    Kneel on boys. God knows your are SO abused.

  74. NFL IS DONE! Apologize, Fire any protesters and maybe you can save it.

  75. They “ARE” Coming together. They all support the NFL and protesters. America be damned!
    F Them!

  76. NFL Hijacked by Soro’s, Obama/Clinton and PC Progressive agenda.

  77. Bill St John says:

    Stop buying Gillette razors… Buy Harry’s

  78. NFL players protest the American ideal. Kneeling in front of the Flag and National Anthem. Middle class people who LOVE their team and their game get asked to add “just a little” to their property or sales taxes to fund a multi-million dollar play house for multi-million dollar players, a multi-billion dollar league and multi-million dollar owners because, “building a stadium is expensive and if YOU don’t do it, another state will”. So we do the American thing and then the players protest the Flag and the Anthem and the owners & NFL stand flaccidly by. Well, I’m all for these out-of-touch 1% to fund your own %$*^@#%$ STADIUMS to play your silly game. I won’t boycott, I won’t protest, I’ll just ignore you and do other stuff.

  79. A team with the name Patriots disrespecting our national anthem, country and flag. Liberalism is indeed a mental disorder. Boycott the NFL, stop purchasing tickets, stop going to the games, stop watching these overpaid, whiny, crybabies on television. let the commercial ads dry up, watch the money gravy train be derailed and just watch how fast they change their tune.

  80. Sure fans are “split on the issue”. Repubs are American to the core. Dems are American on paper. Repubs volunteer to protect their country. Dems hide behind that protection. Repubs understand what the flag and the Anthem represent. Dems have no clue. My wife is from the Philippines. She was a successful businesswoman there who had an unrestricted 15 years visa to come here when she wanted. She made over $10,000 a month – $1,500 more than me. She never wanted to leave everything behind and come here, but she did. Once she got here, she became a citizen ASAP. If you want an American patriot to the bone, she’s it. When she sees those players kneeling or dissing the Anthem, she goes totally nuts. She cries when she hears the Anthem. She is a Repub by her choice and considers liberals to be trash. I have to tell her to dial it down if we are at a place with a TV showing those empty-headed twits kneeling. She understands America much more than those lumbering losers. Thank God I’m also a Repub or I’d be on the trash pile.

  81. If each time they kneel the fans took the field this would end Thursday. let them address that PR nightmare arresting thousands of fans for defending the anthem. #takethefield

  82. Jim Morrison says:

    Hands Up Don’t Shoot was the epitome of Fake News that these NFL ignoramuses fell for

  83. Karl Spencer says:

    As a veteran of both the Air Force and Army I am cancelling my NFL Sunday ticket today. I can’t, in good conscience, support an organization that would blatantly disrespect the flag which stands for the Country I love. Although I support a persons right to protest I believe sports has no place for politics. As a self employed American that works 7 days a week 10 hours a day, I, like most of you just wanted a place where I could escape for a couple of hours and find enjoyment. The Patriots have been that since Brady was drafted (long time Michigan fan). The NFL joins the NBA and MLB who I also stopped watching because they don’t care about the fans. I am truly sad for our Country.

  84. .

    The NFL is anti-American.

    We now know so many of them will peees on the flag for their own political purposes.

    Save your apology.

    I’m done with NFL.


  85. I’m surprised half the fans were OK with players kneeling during the anthem. I would have thought more would object but then I realized it was Boston we were talking about;~)

    That said can the NFL afford to alienate half it’s fans? This was an unforced error by the NFL for letting it’s players use the NFL’s platform as a partisan political stage. If you are going to allow your league’s stage to be used as a Progressive (or Conservative for that matter) megaphone then don’t act surprised when fans object. Another piece of advice for the league would be don’t lash out at those same fans as simply ignorant deplorable’s who just don’t get it when they do! We get it.

    I don’t blame the players for this dookie sandwich; I blame the NFL almost entirely. They are the ones who conflated the players 1st amendment rights to speak their mind with allowing them to use the NFL’s platform and megaphone to speak it. Using the NFL as a political platform is not a protected right. (I don’t think I have a right to use the NFL to voice my political opinion do I? Can I stroll on down to Foxboro Stadium, get on the sideline and flip the bird to the kneeling players on live TV? Probably not without being arrested and/or beat senseless!;~)

  86. the damage is already done. i won’t be seeing them standing since i won’t be seeing them.
    i’m done with these haters. i didn’t realize how much they despised so many of their supporters.
    it’s a game with a ball, that’s all.

    it could be worse. they could have done what green bay did: asking the fans to lock arms during the next game. when your arms are locked, during the anthem, your hand isn’t over your heart.
    they can shove it. even more stupid than jerry jones.

  87. snuffysmiff says:

    Get bent and blow it out your alimentary canal! I AM DONE WITH THE NFL-FOREVER! May you all wind up broke and homeless-it is what you deserve!

  88. I doubt that many of these players really understand what they are doing. They aren’t protesting ‘during the Anthem’, they are protesting ‘the Anthem’. There’s a big difference.

    Protesting the Anthem is not going to get them much support for there cause. This reminds me of the situation when Lebron James left Cleveland. He got used, and was told that having a big show would raise money, and help people out. It ended up being a big FU to the city of Cleveland. Why did it happen? Because Lebron James just isn’t that bright a guy. I believe the same thing is happening here, these NFL players are being used to promote an agenda. Who’s agenda? The political left! The left hates the NFL, with it patriotism, support of those in uniform police, fire, military, and the game itself.

    The big loser in the is going to be the NFL, and that was the whole objective, from the start!

  89. Yirmin Snipe says:

    Standing up as a group isn’t showing the proper respect. It is the reason Dallas fans still booed the team. You stand up and put your hand on your heart or nothing at all. Standing with arms linked only says you are supporting the kneeling pansies in the NFL, if that’s your plan you might as well walk out there wearing jerseys that say “America Sucks!”

  90. too little too late, great you want to make right, but the fact you chose wrong,when given the folded..cowards. take off the patriots logo..your god danged traitors.

  91. When the smoke clears, and the lame excuses dry up,all the blacks all stand. Trump wins (yet again). America put the NFL in diapers.

  92. Greg Smith says:

    Oh, here’s just a little ‘something else’…

    I see you…
    I see you, professional football player, as you kneel down during the playing of the National Anthem…
    I see you, with your arm raised in protest…
    I see you thinking you are doing something to unite people over social and racial injustice.
    I see you…
    But, more than that here is what I really see…
    I see a man pushing the wheels of his wheelchair as he returns home from a foreign land unable to function as he once did, due to fighting to protect you as you kneel on the ground.
    I see a young widow, dressed carefully in black, mourning the remains of her husband, hugging a coffin on the tarmac of an airport. I see that same woman clutching a perfectly folded flag to her bosom as taps is played at his graveside. I see her young son, tears streaming down his face knowing his father would never come home again.
    I see graveyards full of tombstones, here and overseas, with names of those fallen, with dates showing a much too early death.
    I see so many, from so many different wars and conflicts, crosses and stones. They are too numerous to count.
    I see the sacrifices made, the hearts broken, the tears shed, the shattered lives all in the name of freedom… all in the name of that red, white and blue piece of cloth that you choose to protest.
    Social and racial injustice? You who make millions of American dollars for playing a game in a country where you have more opportunity to make a better life for you and your family than anywhere in the world? Really? The hypocrisy of it astounds me.
    First of all, if you really want to protest, give your money and time to make changes. Give to those less fortunate than you. Help those people get an education, buy them food and shelter. Show them opportunities to make better decisions. Teach them that they have a purpose in life.
    If you really want to protest injustices…
    Protest the treatment of veterans, who have to wait extremely long periods of time for healthcare, who are living under interstate bridges, in boxes, who are committing suicide. Today over twenty of them will take their lives out of hopelessness and despair.
    There is no greater injustice than that.
    Protest the loss of religious rights as some atheist complained so much that public prayer by a group of young players on an athletic field is not allowed.
    When I see that flag, when I hear that song, when I sing those words, I give homage to those who died for this land, who continue to protect this land, who don’t know if and when they will ever see their loved ones again. Some say that they died for your freedom so that you can take a knee. I say they died for your freedom so you can stand proudly and be thankful that God has blessed you enough that you can live in a country of so much opportunity.
    Go ahead…
    Go ahead and kneel…
    Go ahead and be ungrateful.
    I am watching…
    As are millions and millions of others.
    We don’t see a protest of unity… we see a protest of disgraceful ignorance.
    Copied and pasted…I’m not sure who the original author is but thank them for stating the truth.

  93. Dear NFL, I pay for you to play a game that entertains me. I pay to see millionaires in tight pants running around a grassy field inflicting brain damage on each other. I don’t pay you to make me suffer through lectures about social injustice. Take that stuff to some public forum on your own time. The stadium is a place to play a game that we all enjoy–it should not be a platform for political issues. BEFORE…DURING…AFTER the National Anthem…makes no difference to me. If you guys TAKE A KNEE, then I will TAKE A HIKE.

  94. Jason Talley says:

    Fool me once shame on me. I will not let it get to shame me twice. They are just trying to backtrack but their sentiment has been heard loud and clear. Go to hell, NFL.

  95. Mike Alan says:

    The league needs to put an end to this nonsense immediately before americans walk away from the sport forever.

    1. All they have to do is enforce their own rules.

  96. “Kneeled?” I believe the correct word is “knelt.” Stupid mistake, even for a “J-School” product.

  97. Robert Davis says:

    Too LATE, you prima donna babies!

    We saw your true colors, and they’re NOT RED, WHITE, and BLUE.

  98. People have a “right” to be profane; that does not mean they ought to do so. I support POTUS on this issue and, no surprise, so do a large majority of Americans. NFL had best get its head out of its “forth point of contact” or it will be bankrupt in a decade (especially if USG starts taxing it).

  99. Alan Whitney says:

    Sounds like someone got the effing message.

  100. Hopefully brady gets a broken back in the next game and all the team owners have heart attacks.

  101. Alan Whitney says:

    It just struck me: The New England “PATRIOTS!” Yuck, yuck, yuck, yuck…

  102. Sally Glista says:

    The team is NAMED the PATRIOTS, an oxymorin it would appear. Change your name to something else since you’re obviously NOT patriots…

  103. Rico Soiree says:

    I don’t think kneeling players should be fired or punished. Free speech!

    However, I also don’t think freedom has no cost. Patrons should be free to oppose players’ acts with their wallets.

    There is no First Amendment right to subject paying customers to politics 24/7…especially when those politics insult them.

  104. Rico Soiree says:

    Why do so many blacks “take a knee” when jobs are offered?

  105. John Ingram says:

    Here is how to stop police brutality: 1. Do not commit a crime. 2. When interacting with police, do what they say. 3. Show respect to police. Be helpful & courteous to police. 4. Do not lie to police. Do not run from police. Do not attack police. 5. Do not show disdain, contempt, anger or hate towards police. Do these things and you will not be brutalized. Bye Bye NFL

  106. Harry Patrel says:

    So what happened to police brutality and ethnic oppression?

    Did NFL/Left resolve their issues with America?
    Why stop the protests?
    Oh, I get it.
    The fear.
    The fear of losing ratings, revenues, million dollar salaries AND leverage to demand brand new stadiums (or else fold their tent and go someplace else)….

  107. NFL players should stay in their locker rooms until the game is over.

  108. Andrew Wolfe says:

    These protests are trivializing racial grievances, not bringing them to discussion, because it’s so ridiculous to elevate them to the point of giving them prominence over the Flag, the Anthem, and the Country.

  109. I’m done with the NFL and NBA. I’ll never watch another game — ever.

  110. Josie Ryan says:

    They are all walking it back now. For me.. its too late. That was the most disrespectful mass stupidity Ive ever witnessed. Still mulling it over as to what team was the most despicable…. the ones standing for ‘God save the queen’.. and kneeling in another country for ours…. or the Steelers mass dumbfackery. They will never see another dime of mine.

  111. Tom Brady is no Patriot. Advocating for the troublemaker Kaeperrnick is not my idea of a Patriot.

    I do not care what the New England Patriots do now. They have shown me what they are and I have no interest in them. It does not matter if they stand or kneel because it does not matter to them. Their actions are contrived not honest. A member of ISIS is more honest than a member of the New England Patriots. ISIS hates me and would cut off my head if they could.

    The New England Patriots are trying to figure out what is their best strategy re their income. What a bunch of phony’s.

  112. Carol Ellis says:

    Fans were split? Fake News again. The MAJORITY of fans opposed this. Get your story right, So-called journalist.

  113. To Little To LATE…DONE WITH NFL..Wont renew my season tickets next year. Already told the front office that,,DONE

  114. If they don’t , they should change their team name.

  115. Joe Campbell says:

    You are a SOB if you kneel during the National Anthem.

  116. Paull Cudak says:

    They will never read any of the public outcry or address the fans directly it shows they are COWARDS!
    Social justice COWARDS kowtowing to the minority of the nation. Placating hurt widdle feewings like the OVER PAID AND OVER APPRECIATED BY FANS “SNOWFLAKES”.
    If they think there is a problem in America and want to do something, DON’T TAKE A KNEE. Taking a knee is no different than showing SUBMISSION TO SUPERIORS YOU IDIOTS! And you guys went to schools of higher learning? I guess you never attended any classes starting in Kindergarten.
    Where is your effort your money if you think there’s a problem, all I see is SUBMISSION I didn’t know NFL players were GIRLYMEN! But who knows what goes on in the locker rooms!