The five-time Super Bowl champ, whom Trump once called a "great friend", was among the hundreds of National Football League players, coaches and owners who knelt or stood arm-in-arm in solidarity during the singing of The Star-Spangled Banner during Sunday's games. After saying he disagreed with Trump's remarks, Brady added, "I just want to support my teammates. I thought it was just divisive", Brady told WEEI. "I think that is what unity and love-like I said after the game, those are the things that concern me", Brady said. "The one thing about football is it brings so many guys together".
Patriots locked arms with some teammates during the "Star Spangled Banner" Sunday against the Texans while other players kneeled. You can voice your disagreement. The need to respect others has only grown as Brady, in a long career, has met different people from different places.
"No NFL games will be played at Palmetto Alehouse until every player stands in respect to our flag and our country". Roughly a dozen Patriots took a knee, which drew several boos from fans. "I don't respect it", Wall said.
A photo of Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" hat in Brady's locker back in 2015 mired the quarterback in controversy over who he supports in politics. "You don't have to agree with everything". It began Friday at a campaign rally in Alabama, when he called on owners to fire players who demonstrate.
Brady was speaking a day after around 16 Patriots players kneeled during the national anthem as a wave of protests erupted across the NFL. I was getting questions on twitter regarding if Brandin Cooks is a bad fit for the Patriots. "That's why it was important for us, and personally for me, to show the world that even if we may differ at times, we can and should be united in the effort to become better as people and a nation".
Trump is also close to the team's owner, Robert Kraft, who gifted the president a Super Bowl ring and donated $1 million to the president's inaugural celebration.
On Monday, Belichick issued a statement supporting his players, but stopping short of criticizing Trump.
Trump tweeted that he was "so proud of NASCAR and its supporters and fans".