Tom Brady Locks Arms With Teammate While More Than a Dozen Pats Kneel During Anthem
Following President Donald Trump’s continued attacks on NFL players for engaging in protests during the national anthem before games, it was expected that we’d see widespread demonstrations from players during today’s NFL games. And that is exactly what happened.
As the anthem played at the start of this morning’s London game between the Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars, multiple players took a knee while the song played while others stood arm-in-arm to show solidarity. And during the early afternoon’s slate of games, we saw the entire Pittsburgh Steelers team stay in the locker room — except for one player — and the anthem singer at the Detroit Lions-Atlanta Falcons game end his performance by taking a knee and raising his fist in the air.
One player’s reaction that many were obviously interested in was the league’s biggest star — New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The multi-time Super Bowl champ has been open about his friendship with Trump in the past and the president has namedropped Brady numerous times throughout the years.
With Patriots owner — and passionate Trump supporter — Robert Kraft having already released a statement saying he was “deeply disappointed” in the president’s comments, one wondered just how the star QB and the rest of the Patriots players would react. As the Star Spangled Banner played before the start of the Pats contest with the Houston Texans, Brady locked arms with teammate Phillip Dorsett while he held his hand over his heart.
Meanwhile, at least sixteen of his teammates knelt during the anthem. Head coach Bill Belichick stood on his own with his arms crossed in front of him.
Prior to the beginning of today’s afternoon games, Brady appeared to show support for protesting players when he responded positively to an Instagram post made by Green Bay QB Aaron Rodgers and sent out one of his own calling for “unity” and “brotherhood.”
Watch the clip above, via CBS Sports.
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