Patriots Fans Boo Their Own Players After They Sit During the National Anthem

The fans waited until the end of the song to express their displeasure

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The Patriots players made their statement, and many fans made their own in response.

Before Sunday’s Texans-Patriots matchup in Foxborough, Mass., about 20 Patriots players, according to ESPN, took a knee during the national anthem, the first time anyone on the team had joined the growing protest.

In return, a loud chorus of boos was heard sandwiching the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” According to the Boston Herald, there were shouts of “Stand up” as they knelt.

Tom Brady, the face of the team and the league, did not take a knee, but stood with his arms locked with other players and his hand over his chest.

The Patriots have been intertwined with Donald Trump — Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft have been pals with the president. After Trump’s attack on the protests, though — saying owners should cut ties with “the son of a bitch” who kneels during the anthem — Kraft said he was “deeply disappointed” in Trump.

It’s been a Sunday in which not just players, but owners, executives and fans have been forced to take sides. There were similar reports of booing in Indianapolis, too.

 

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