Recently, there has been a lot of media coverage surrounding the controversial issue of NFL players taking a knee during the singing of the national anthem. It all began after Colin Kaepernick, former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, took a knee during the anthem last year. He explained his actions were a form of peaceful protest until there is “significant change” on racial oppression in the United States.
The controversy has heightened after President Trump called for the NFL to “fire or suspend” those who continued to kneel during the anthem. Some think his comment pushed the limits too far.
"If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast. Fire or suspend!" President Trump Tweeted on Sunday.
Tom Brady, New England Patriots quarterback, is the latest to share his thoughts on the topic. Brady, who has been an outspoken supporter and close friend of the president, has said he does not agree with President Trump’s most recent comment.
"I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive,” Brady said. "I think everyone has the right to do whatever they want to do. If you don’t agree, that is fine. You can voice your disagreement, I think that is great. It’s part of our democracy. As long as it is done in a peaceful, respectful way, that is what our country has been all about," he went on to say.
Following the President’s comment, other NFL players across the country took a knee or chose to stay in the locker room during the opening anthem. On Sunday, Brady was seen arm in arm with his teammates while the anthem was performed.
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