The New England Patriots are a polarizing team within the NFL, previously due only to their near-annual success and infuriating history of unpunished cheating.
This was quite enough to create a legion of anti-fans of the perennial east coast powerhouses, with coach Bill Bellicheck and quarterback Tom Brady often the subject of hilarious, if not crude, memes and signs throughout football fandom. Liberals took a special umbrage against the team when it was revealed that Tom Brady was an ardent supporter of President Trump – a scarlet letter of sorts for the left to identify and attack the rest of the nation.
Now, after Trump has interjected himself into the kerfuffle surrounding the anthem protests occurring around the league, Patriots’ owner Robert Kraft has jumped into the fray to insult the President and take up of the un-American gesture. Predictably, this won’t end well for the out of touch owner.
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“’I think there were some comments made about what our young men were doing that were a little inflammatory and inappropriate, and I thought I had to speak out,’ Kraft told the BBC. ‘And I spoke to the team and I told them that they were free to do what they thought was correct.’
“Kraft said that he personally believes in standing during the national anthem, but he respects his players enough to try to understand their side.
“’The greatest enemy in sport is division from within. And I personally feel it’s very important to respect our flag and our anthem. But I also respect the right of people in this country to make statements or protests peacefully, in a way that’s appropriate to them,’ Kraft said.
“And, unlike Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, Kraft did not threaten any of his players if they choose the national anthem as the time for their demonstrations.”
Kraft’s comments will likely put yet another target on his team’s back, as Americans have roundly rejected the anthem protests as inappropriate and untimely.
We The People have been so incensed by the purposefully offensive action that the NFL’s ratings and ticket sales have plummeted to unprecedented lows. In California, where the newly relocated Los Angeles Rams hoped to invigorate a new fan base, the team is struggling to sell 20,000 tickets per game, leading to some of the most embarrassing backdrops in all of televised sports.