Patriots Held Meetings
Over National Anthem Issue
6/14/2018 12:13 PM PDT
“We had meetings after practice, talking about how we wanted to deal with that particular situation at the time, whether it was taking a knee,” the quarterback said.
New England players ultimately chose to kneel during the anthem prior to their Sept. 24 game against against the Texans … though some — including Brady himself — opted to stand and link arms.
Tom says it was an issue that led to plenty of discussion in the New England locker room — particularly after Donald Trump said at a fall rally that players should be fired for the protests.
“I think there were a lot of really good, healthy conversations coming out of it in our locker room, you know?” Brady said.
He added: “I’ve been playing sports long enough. Everyone comes from something different. And I think showing respect for everybody in a locker room — a team full of guys trying to go the same direction — you better have that empathy for everybody.”
“That’s what sports are about.”