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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

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

  8. Robert Davis says:

    Too LATE, you prima donna babies!

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

  9. 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).

  10. Alan Whitney says:

    Sounds like someone got the effing message.

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

  12. Alan Whitney says:

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

  13. 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…

  14. 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.

  15. Rico Soiree says:

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

  16. 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

  17. 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)….

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

  19. 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.

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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. Carol Ellis says:

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

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

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

  26. Joe Campbell says:

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

  27. 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”.
    There is a WASHINGTON POST ARTICLE 9/27 THAT WAS REFFERED TO AND STATED THE FACTS ABOUT BLACKS, CRIME, AND POLICE. By the way…WAPO is a LIBERAL RAG. Amazon owns it.
    IT IS ALL A SHAM.
    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!

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