Tom Brady Calls Trump's Comments on NFL Anthem Protesters 'Divisive'
NFL star Tom Brady supported Donald Trump in the election but split with the president over his comments on players taking a knee during the national anthem to protest racism in America.
“Wouldn’t you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He is fired,’ ” Trump said at an Alabama rally Friday night.
Later Trump stressed that the issue is about respecting the flag, not race.
The issue of kneeling has nothing to do with race. It is about respect for our Country, Flag and National Anthem. NFL must respect this!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 25, 2017
"I certainly disagree with, you know, what he said," the New England Patriots quarterback said Monday about Trump's remarks. "And, you know, thought it was just divisive."
“Like I said, I just want to support my teammates.”
Brady stood and put his hand over his heart for the anthem but linked arms with a teammate in solidarity with the protesters.
Brady previously expressed his hope that free agent Colin Kaepernick would be given another shot in the NFL. Kaepernick first protested the anthem last season when he was the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback.