Troy Brown, Michael Felger, Charlie Weis and Albert Breer react to Trump's comments on Friday and the Patriots statement during the anthem on Sunday.
Sunday morning, as President Donald Trump resumed his attack on the National Football League, Patriots president and CEO Robert Kraft issued a statement condemning Trump's call for NFL owners to "fire" players who protest against social injustice during the playing of the National Anthem.
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"I am deeply disappointed by the tone of the comments made by the President on Friday. I am proud to be associated with so many players who make such tremendous contributions in positively impacting our communities. Their efforts, both on and off the field, help bring people together and make our community stronger. There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics. I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal. Our players are intelligent, thoughtful and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is most impactful.”
Trump, meanwhile, was back on Twitter, renewing his demand for punishment -- or employment termination -- against such players:
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!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
...NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 24, 2017
FOXBORO -- The Kraft family and the Patriots announced on Monday that in an effort to provide support to the people of the Houston area as it deals with Hurricane Harvey, they are offering to match all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million.
A page has been set up by the American Red Cross, and all donations made there will be matched by Robert Kraft up to $1 million.
"Houston is a special city to our family and our organization," Kraft said in a statement. "The New England Patriots and our fans have celebrated two of our franchise’s greatest and most memorable moments in Houston. The city was a tremendous host for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004 and once again this past February for Super Bowl LI. Houston could not have provided more support to us during those visits, and we welcome the opportunity to provide this support when Houston needs it most.
"When natural disasters have impacted our country, they have always unified communities and rallied support throughout the nation. We have already heard stories of heroic rescues and strangers helping strangers in this time of need. These stories have inspired us, as we always encourage bringing communities together, building bridges and helping others. We are eager to join in these efforts and provide our support."
There are several Patriots players who hail from Houston or the surrounding, including Danny Amendola, Eric Rowe, Elandon Roberts (who went to the University of Houston) and Cam Fleming.
“Mr. Kraft is a good guy,” Rowe said yesterday. “I see him doing a bunch of charity stuff. He has a good heart . . . just for him to match, I’m sure it’s gladly appreciated.”