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Belichick issues statement on players' protest

The Providence Journal, R.I.
September 25. 2017 11:50PM
New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady and head coach Bill Belichick stand during the national anthem before a game against the Houston Texans at Gillette Stadium. (Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports)



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Bill Belichick issued a statement on Monday, 24 hours after several of his players protested during the national anthem.

Prior to the Patriots’ win over the Houston Texans, 17 players knelt during the anthem while several others, including Tom Brady, linked arms. The act came during a day where teams around the NFL stood in unity following comments from President Trump regarding NFL players protesting.

Immediately following the Patriots’ win, Belichick said he’d “deal with that later” and comment only on the game.

On Monday, he issued the following statement:

“I have immense respect and admiration for our players, for how they conduct themselves professionally as New England Patriots and for how they represent themselves, their families and community as men. I have coached football for over four decades and one of the greatest things about being in this environment is the diversity of people, backgrounds, viewpoints and relationships we are fortunate to experience. As with any large group of people, there is a variety of perspectives and opinions on many topics. Discussions occur between myself, individual players, groups and the entire team on an ongoing basis. They concern the team and other issues surrounding the team. I am going to keep the specifics of those conversations private. I will do what I feel is best for the team in my role as head coach, and collectively, we will work together to find the best way to proceed.”


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