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Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick releases statement on NFL protests

Head coach Bill Belichick of the New England Patriots

BOSTON — New England Patriots head coach Bill Belicheck issued a statement on players protesting during the playing of the National Anthem over the weekend.

Earlier in the day, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady said he was at odds with President Donald Trump on the issue of player protests of the national anthem, calling Trump’s comments “just divisive.”

Brady tells Boston’s WEEI-FM that he “certainly” disagrees with Trump’s comment that NFL owners should fire any player who refuses to stand for the anthem.

Patriots locked arms with some teammates during the “Star Spangled Banner” on Sunday against the Texans while other players kneeled.

Brady has called Trump a “good friend” in the past and one of Trump’s “Make America Great Again” hats was spotted in Brady’s locker in 2015. Trump has often praised the quarterback on social media.

Brady skipped a White House visit with Trump in April when the team celebrated its fifth Super Bowl title.