On Sunday, 17 New England Patriots knelt for the first time this season after comments by President Trump condemning players that have been kneeling for the national anthem since last season.
According to ESPN, former Patriots offensive lineman Matt Light was not happy about Patriots players kneeling during the national anthem.
“As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond disheartening,” offensive tackle Matt Light said. “It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.”
Light, who played for the Patriots from 2001 to 2011, winning three Super Bowls, said he was surprised the players took a knee, especially with Bill Belichick in charge.
“Nobody can force anybody to do anything in a situation like that. If he chooses to do it, he’s going to do it,” Light said. “But I’m going to tell you this much, with the amount of preparation and attention to detail, and all the things that happen in that organization, I’m really surprised that it wasn’t dealt with so it didn’t get to that point.”
Former New England receiver Troy Brown, who played for the Patriots from 1993 to 2007, was more empathetic to the situation while he was doing his postgame analysis. For Brown, his disappointment was directed at fans who booed the players that took a knee.
“I was kind of surprised after the President said what he had to say that they would boo the players who took a knee. Maybe they don’t understand that this is in protest to what he had to say about one or two other players on their team and other teams who took a knee because he thought there was some racial inequality in this country,” Brown said.
After the game, Bill Belichick was asked to comment on the players taking a knee, but he refused to comment on the issue, saying he would only talk about the game and deal with the kneeling issue later.