New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he does not agree with President Donald Trump’s idea of firing players from the National Football League if they don’t stand for the national anthem, the 40-year-old player said in an interview Monday.
“I certainly disagree with what he said, I thought it was divisive,” Brady told Boston’s WEEI hosts Kirk Minihane and Gerry Callahan on the local Monday morning radio show.
“I certainly disagree with what he (Donald Trump) said, I thought it was divisive” Tom Brady
— Kirk and Callahan (@KirkAndCallahan) September 25, 2017
Brady’s Monday comments come as NFL players around the league are kneeling in protest during the national anthem, following Trump’s statement that players who do so should be fired.
“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!” Trump tweeted on Sept. 24.
Trump has described Brady as a “friend” in the past. Trump announced at a campaign rally in Nov. 2016 that New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick and Brady told the president they want to Make America Great Again. “[Tom Brady] called today and he said, ‘Donald I support you, you’re my friend and I voted for you,'” Trump said while speaking in New Hampshire.
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