Patriots Vow to Stand For Anthem This Week, But Were They Coerced?

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For better or worse, the NFL has been the main subject of political discussion in America this week as protests during the National Anthem have gone national.

What originally began as a Colin Kaepernick-insprired discussion about police and race has been transformed this past week into yet another annoying asset of the liberal “resistance”.  President Trump, who came out in vehement opposition to the anti-American act of kneeling or otherwise abstaining from participating in the National Anthem, effectively redirected the protests toward himself with his words.

Of course, this brought the liberal lunatics out of the woodwork as a vast number of NFL players, coaches, and owners joined the fray.

Now, after seeing the immensely negative reaction from the American people who overwhelmingly oppose the protests, one NFL powerhouse is vowing to nip this entire thing in the bud.

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“Just one week after many members of the Patriots kneeled during the national anthem, a new report indicates that they will all stand together as a team next time out.

“A league source told CSNNE’s Gary Tanguay on Tuesday that all Patriots players will stand during the national anthem before next Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers at Gillette Stadium. Many stood and interlocked their arms during the anthem last Sunday before the game against the Texans, while a large portion kneeled.

“Teams across the league had similar demonstrations last Sunday, which were mostly a response to controversial comments made by President Donald Trump about NFL players who sit or kneel during the national anthem. The president described such players as ‘sons of bitches’ during a rally in Alabama last Friday, also declaring that they should be fired for doing so.”

The Patriots, whose name belie this latest decision, are a team that are universally hated by NFL fans not from New England due to their overwhelming success that many believe stems from their willingness to cheat at the game of football.

Should the Patriots make a unified stand on Sunday, it would mark a massive departure from the widespread protests of this past week, leading some to speculate about the true reason for the switch.

Given that Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady was found culpable in the team’s deflate-gate cheating controversy at the end of the 2015 season, his 4 game suspension doled by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell seemed downright laughable.  This had already led many to believe that the economic impact of the Patriots and Brady was too great for the NFL to properly punish the cheaters.

That being said, the lenient sentence could certainly have been viewed as a favor from Goodell to the team, with Goodell now cashing in on that soft punishment in order to bring some semblance of order back to the game in these trying times.


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