Michael Bennett told Patriots he’ll be in the locker room for the national anthem

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The Patriots are expected to finalize a trade for Eagles defensive end Michael Bennett tomorrow, and one thing they’re apparently already on the same page about is the national anthem.

Bennett said at a speech at Princeton on Monday night that he plans to stay in the locker room during the playing of the anthem next season, and the Patriots understand that.

“I explained to them is that my integrity mean everything,” Bennett said, according to ESPN. “I think they respect that about me, they respect who I am as an individual.”

Patriots owner Robert Kraft, coach Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady have all said supportive things about President Trump, and Trump has ripped NFL players who don’t stand for the anthem. Last season Trump backed off his criticism of the NFL, and the anthem issue faded into the background. The Patriots will hope it remains a non-issue, while Bennett will continue to make a statement with his absence.

190 responses to “Michael Bennett told Patriots he’ll be in the locker room for the national anthem

  1. Yeah, he’s making a statement alright just not the one he thinks. Integrity? Yep people used to know what that actually meant. Obviously he doesn’t

  2. Patriots had opportunities to make the Defense even stronger but instead are goin backwards.

    They are making a mistake with this guy – he is 34 and his mind is not in football or being a Team Player.

  3. Yes, do stay in the locker room, Michael. We don’t need you out there while we stand for real hero’s.

  4. Go out there and have the season of your life. Attack the line of scrimmage with the same energy you attack said issues with!

  5. The ultra conservative media in Boston – the Boston Herald and WEEI, will turn this into an issue and make it about disrespecting the flag and our military, rather than pointing to the real issues….. it’s what they do…..

  6. Bennet can have his beliefs but when he files false reports about police brutality as he did in Las Vegas, he loses all credibility. Makes a lot of sense an institution like Princeton that fosters so much anti-American hatred and pushes Socialism as a wonderful way to govern this country, would have a guy like Bennet as an on campus speaker.

    Such a shame he’s held up as a role model to naive college students.

    Please Pat’s. Pass on this guy.

  7. And it begins, I like Bennett as a player but, off the field not so much. Shoving a handicap woman to get on the field is a serious charge. Hope it’s not true but if it is I’m glad he’s not here for the drama coming up. Wish him luck.

  8. Looks like there is a new sheriff in town. Don’t worry Bill, any issues you can’t handle Roger will take care of like normal.

  9. There are several Patriots players who give their time and efforts off the field working on social issues, criminal justice reform, etc. I wonder if Bennett will jump on board with that or if the “look at me, I’m still in the locker room!” is as far as it goes?

  10. This clown just arrives in town and already he is causing trouble about the anthem again, then he wonders why he is disliked…..SMH!

  11. I’m sure part of his contract includes not allowing him to attend the Plainridge casino – remember what happened last time he hit the slots?

  12. Go away Bennett. Just go away. I don’t care if you hate America. It’s your option. It’s my option to just ignore the idiocy that spews from your mouth.

  13. Great…. now the media will talk about this every game next year & bring attention to it & giving it momentum as opposed to not mentioning it at all & it going away……

  14. Couldn’t care less if they stand, kneel, stay in the locker room. When our president treats the flag and the country with such disrespect, what a football player does other than play football is meaningless to me

  15. Stay in the locker room if you feel it’s right but your integrity?? The same guy who falsely accused the police of abuse?? Your integrity ship sailed long ago. Just happy it didn’t sail into my town.

  16. The Patriots will demand that the player does his job and that the man doesn’t become a negative distraction for the team. It sounds like he’s on board for the latter, so if he shows Bill that he still has what it takes to do the former then all will be well.

  17. This rough pebble will likely be abrasive to the tenderfoots who allow opinions to shape their mood. As long as he gets to the ball I welcome the addition.

    Go Pats!

  18. Look at me, look at me.

    This guy is pathetic. Is he a grown man or a child? When you are blessed with God given talent but live your life in the dark, that’s a waste.

  19. It seems out of character for NE to bring in a controversial, potentially disruptive individual like Bennett?! Especially one who may not help them that much on the field at this point?

  20. Better yet why do you leave the country and go to one that will give you better opurtinities… or is it that the money is too good here? Dirt bag

  21. It’s sad to see grown adults who actually think their own personal pet causes deserve to be “honored” by their employer. Bennett needs to grow up and get some perspective; perhaps a trip to Arlington National Cematary would help.

  22. The fanboy spin on an action that they would criticize if done by another team should be interesting. Where are all the yokels who frequently post BB would never let that happen…..hypocrites

  23. Integrity? Please! When he decides to put on a real uniform like a Police uniform or a Army Uniform where the cost of wearing it is your life then he can talk about Integrity, maybe even Loyalty, Duty and most importantly Sacrifice other wise he should shut up and play Football which we all know is just about the money and requires no integrity!!

  24. Everything you need to know about Bennett’s integrity can be found when looking at his tweets about phony police conduct and racism in Las Vegas. Proven to be outright lies.
    Since he has talent playing a game, he was given a pass. Where is the integrity?

  25. I’m pro-American, do my best to purchase American, stand for anthems, etc.

    I don’t understand why anyone would have a problem with Michael Bennett staying in the locker room. That’s why we’re a democracy, everyone has a right to do whatever they want, as long as it doesn’t endanger the public.

  26. Why are people upset? You don’t want demonstrations on the field. The agreement with the NFL allows players to stay in the locker room so he’s just exercising his rights. He could stand on the 50 yard line and salute and some folks will still be mad.

  27. I can’t remember, is this the guy that falsely claimed police attacked him, or was that his brilliant brother? Either way, class!

  28. How about his “integrity” when he made up that story involving the Law Vegas P.D…..just saying.

  29. One of the good things about trump; he’ll hook you up with a happy ending. Just ask his buddy bob Kraft.

    And who doesn’t want a happy ending.

    Oh, and you “patriots” might e3n3joy the fact that this is all about sex trafficking and sexual slavery.

  30. I didn’t follow Bennett’s pregame National anthem routine last year with Eagles so not sure if this is the same stance or not, but if you’re protesting social injustice via not standing for the flag still, then I’m in favor of this approach instead, just don’t participate in it. I don’t agree with the whole idea of using the anthem as your lightning rod for these player awareness issues but instead of kneeling on the sidelines in front of 70K people his ‘stance’ is certainly the one I would prefer.

  31. He’s done anyway. Hasn’t had a starting caliber season since 2015. Please just shut up and fade away, Mike. We promise to have forgotten all about you in 3 seasons.

  32. Nothing says integrity like not participating in the nation anthem. While you get paid millions our armed forces, who literally are separated from their families, signed up to help protect your “integrity”. For you not to take 2 minutes out of your 17 week job to salute them says more about you, and your integrity, than anything else.

  33. I understand that as a country, we’re a population of 330 million individuals, each with his or her own world view and belief system.

    And when, as a country, we fail to live up to the standards we have set, we need to take a good look at ourselves—individually and in groups.

    But if we are to be a nation, we must have a set of cultural touchstones which symbolize all we aspire to. To me—whatever our disagreements, whatever injustices we seek to remedy—our flag and our anthem represent not our darkest moments, but our hopes and dreams as well as all the good that our citizens throughout history have done.

    To Michael Bennett and those who disagree with this proposition, I recommend this brief biography of Sergeant William Carney, the first African American to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

    I don’t doubt the anger and pain many African Americans feel, but I suspect Sergeant Carney and his contemporaries had a slightly rougher go of things in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And yet for him our flag was a source of strength and inspiration, and something worth fighting for.

    http://www.54thmass.org/regiment-history/sergeant-carneys-flag/

  34. “I explained to them is that my integrity mean everything,”

    Integrity, like lying about the incident in Las Vegas? He has no integrity. Anyone who thinks that he does is clueless.

  35. The upside is that he’s unlikely to harm any 60 year staff members simply trying to do their job.

  36. Integrity? The integrity that led him to lie about his actions leading up to his detainment after a shooting in Vegas? That led him to lie about what was said to him and how he was treated while being detained? His integrity must have led him to apologize to the officers he maligned after the truth was revealed. Oh, that didn’t happen? It must have been his integrity that made him purposely roll up the back of a Jaguars lineman’s legs a couple years ago because his team was losing and he was being manhandled. What a joke. He can go sit in the locker room in support of a false narrative all he wants, that flag he won’t stand for symbolizes the freedom he has to do that. While he’s in there, though, he should look up the definition of integrity because he has no clue.

  37. LOL! Did he really say his integrity mean everything to him?? How about the race baiting in Vegas about the cops until the video showed him a big liar? Get real Bennett

  38. solo681 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 7:35 am

    Patriots had opportunities to make the Defense even stronger but instead are goin backwards.

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    I’d love to know how they’re going backwards defensively, or how they’re supposed to make their defense even stronger right now. Yeah, they were outbid on Flowers, but that’s what happens when you have limited cap space. They replaced him with someone who put up similar numbers last year for half the price. They’re also getting Ja’Whaun Bentley back, so their LB corps should be pretty stacked and that doesn’t even factor in any free agent signings or draft additions that may come. They’re not losing anyone devastating. Flowers signing elsewhere sucks, but he’ll be replaced. There’s a good chance this defense will be better than last year’s (at least on paper) by the time the season starts.

  39. What Michael doesn’t understand is that if he says one word that might turn into a distraction the Patriots will,,, well,, simply cut him. I’m giving this 6 weeks.

  40. I’m a huge Pats fan but I really don’t want this guy on the team whether he helps or not. Same with his brother. This guys have no clue what integrity, honor, class or respect mean. 1st time in my life I actually want to see someone on my team go off on a cart in preseason

  41. Whoa! The sheep are up early! Is QAnon coming out with a big announcement this morning?

    You folks are certainly entitled to your opinions, and to let them be known, but these guys that protest on a national, public stage—and ruffle the feathers of all of you faux-patriots—are dangling gonads that are infinitely larger than the peas that you keyboard-warriors display!

    This is America, baby! Stand up for what you believe in! The current skid on our undies of history is almost over! America will be righteous, honest, brave and caring again!

  42. Good for him. People on this board attacking his integrity need to grab a mirror and take a look at their own.

    He’s standing up for what he believes in, a longtime celebrated right in this county. Peaceful protest was one of the founding tenets of this nation (study some history folks), and to attack him on it is to be UNPATRIOTIC.

  43. who gives a darn what Michael Bennett thinks on this issue….he’s obviously not a very bright man…he doesn’t have the basic comprehension skills to recognize the ignorant irony he’s portraying…..just go get the quarterback, when you’re physical skills are no longer at the NFL level, don’t let the door hit you in the backside.

  44. He’s a fool and would be happier with the Steelers, whose team hasn’t really left the locker room in 3 years.

  45. “He is one of the most unlikeable players in the NFL”

    Well he just joined a team with the most unlikeable owner in the NFL, who is just full of integrity as well. I would consider it a perfect match.
    Maybe they can swap legal stories over a massage sometime.

  46. Sounds like a deal breaker! Exit stage left Michael Bennett and don’t you come back no more!

  47. Integrity? Like when he lied about a police officer having a gun to his head, only dropping the story when the police said they had video of the incident.

  48. A name means a lot. His name is garbage. Just read every post in the comments section. Only an evil person lies about police harassment when the cop was acting as a human shield to protect Bennett. Should have been suspended under conduct detrimental. Bennett’s integrity is so scorched he has to live in denial to just to live with himself.

  49. Nofoolnodrool says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
    The fanboy spin on an action that they would criticize if done by another team should be interesting. Where are all the yokels who frequently post BB would never let that happen…..hypocrites

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    I’m petty sure BB is more concerned with the actual football game. Something your team’s coach should spend more time considering.

  50. Why is it that so many posters complain about political correctness but then want players to adhere to their version of political correctness?

    Belichick is fine with Bennett’s position and he’s as truly supportive of the military as one can be.

  51. Just here for the premium pearl-clutching. Thanks. You guys certainly didn’t disappoint.

  52. Both Bennett brothers will soon find out what life is like without the NFL, just like so many people already have because of this very issue

  53. This is funny…he comes off like he set the rules….The Patriots told him to stay in the locker or be released if he did the kneeling thing.
    It had nothing to do with his “integrity”….it was about a job and money

  54. Couldn’t be happier that this overrated turd is going to the Patriots. They deserve him.. good luck with all that

  55. You signed a real loser there BB, quite the opposite of a A. PATRIOT! Mr Kraft will be real happy about that. You should tell him to not bother coming out at all! I am a US Army Veteran and am tired of this, if you are not proud to be an American, go find an island somewhere, you won’t be missed. Just gets signed and he is going to start ” his antics”. It will be a LONG season with Bennett in the house. Damn shame!

  56. Funny how everyone in here is entitled to his or opinion, but soon as an athlete voices his or her opinion its a problem. Smh good ol merica

  57. Funny how so many people seem to forget that the flag is supposed to represent the country and all of us. It is not ONLY a symbol of the military. The military represents our country, and they represent the flag, not vice versa.

  58. I’m petty sure BB is more concerned with the actual football game. Something your team’s coach should spend more time considering.

    Stay on topic Francis this is about you hypocrites not Tomlin. The typical Pats fanboy defense deny deny deflect deflect…..wash rinse dry then spin…….

    Integrity is something your entire organization needs some time considering…..All the Gates now Tug Gate…..yes just worry about your own teams lack of integrity Francis.

  59. LOL….. a Patriot thread brings the funniest of posters……
    It’s nice to know the Pats, after losing such key players, are STILL the team everyone fears…… AWESOME…..JUST FREAKIN AWESOME!!!
    Looking forward to watching how the rest of FA unfolds & how the Draft plays out….. Pats currently have 12 picks with 6 in the top 101….. yeah, life is GOOD in Patriot nation!!!!!
    Go Pats!!!!

  60. I couldn’t live a day of my life in the state of offended-ness that some of you guys do. I really don’t know how you do it. None of this is that serious, save some years of your life, fellas, it’s not worth getting this up in arms about. Watch the game and enjoy. Or don’t. But either way, if you take a solitary shred of it personally, you’re doing it all wrong.

  61. The issue is about law enforcement and justice discriminating and applying double standards when interacting with people of color.

    Daily one sees reports of deaths and outrageous prison sentences against minorities. The prison industrial system is corrupt; providing money and kickbacks to judges and sheriffs and government officials to ensure that cells are occupied and thereby bringing in cash reimbursements from the government.

    Bennett may choose a method of expressing his displeasure that bothers some.
    But too many deliberately, intentionally lie about what the protest is about; a tactic used by the current administration and those that abet dishonest dialogue about an important social justice crisis.

    Ironic to see some angry about public displays or non displays of protest… when the real Patriots that started this country did just that. And it wasn’t always pre-approved by King, and it wasn’t always peaceful.
    Some ought to re read their history.

  62. Nofoolnodrool says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
    The fanboy spin on an action that they would criticize if done by another team should be interesting. Where are all the yokels who frequently post BB would never let that happen…..hypocrites

    I for one am beyond disappointed. I know, what’s best for the team, yadda yadda. Liars and race hustlers have no place in my world. If you had half the character you love to chirp about you’d spend more time criticizing Bennett than the Pats. His actions tells us all we need to know.

  63. How did this make it through “moderator”???

    tball25 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:54 am
    One of the good things about trump; he’ll hook you up with a happy ending. Just ask his buddy bob Kraft.

    And who doesn’t want a happy ending.

  64. Love the NFL players who have no respect for anything except how important they THINK they are

  65. GP Lee says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:00 am
    Funny how everyone in here is entitled to his or opinion, but soon as an athlete voices his or her opinion its a problem. Smh good ol merica

    Everyone here has their opinion trashed daily, whichever side of the aisle you live on.

    Learn how to spell America. smh illiterates.

  66. solo681 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 7:35 am
    Patriots had opportunities to make the Defense even stronger but instead are going backwards….
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    The Pats and their fans have not heard that one since every off-season of the last fifteen seasons. No wonder the Pats have only been to nine Super Bowls, and won six, in this millennium. Clearly they have underachieved, and all of the “going backwards” crowd should be their GM.

  67. I for one am beyond disappointed. I know, what’s best for the team, yadda yadda. Liars and race hustlers have no place in my world. If you had half the character you love to chirp about you’d spend more time criticizing Bennett than the Pats. His actions tells us all we need to know.

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    Who are you to judge my character. Bennet has a right to express his opinion and I had the character to defend my country and your right to be an outspoken turd not getting phony deferments like lying #45. Bennet has not had the many integrity issues that the Pats have cap off by Tug Gate which I am sure you have poo pooed as not important. So save your racist faux outrage for those more gullible.

  68. It’s not about the anthem. People complaining need to zip it up considering some of his loudest critics support a draft dodger, tax cheat, and dishonest person. If the person can’t be loyal at home, what loyalty do you think he has towards you or the country.

  69. steelerdeathstar says:

    March 12, 2019 at 8:32 am

    It seems out of character for NE to bring in a controversial, potentially disruptive individual like Bennett?! Especially one who may not help them that much on the field at this point?

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    Moss, Corey Dillon, Haynesworth, Josh Gordon even Rodney Harrison all had baggage. And Bennett was excellent last year with 9 sacks. He’s not a young player but he’s still producing and at a reasonable price tag. Belichick again showcasing his GM genius.

  70. “…my integrity mean everything.” Says the man who lied about an encounter with the cops in Vegas while trying to paint them as racists, as well as the guy currently under investigation for assaulting a handicapped stadium employee at the Super bowl as couple years ago.

  71. “Any system that allows us to turn a blind eye to corruption, murder, brutality, injustice, hopelessness and despair, that’s not a justice system, it is an injustice system,”

  72. It’s America people…. non violent protests are good & common place…
    Authority needs to both be questioned & challenged when unjustly applied or abused…… its our job & right to do so no matter how bizarre the topic may seem to some….. it’s NOTHING PERSONAL….. just a point of view you may or may not share.
    Again, it’s NON VIOLENT……as long as it stays that way let people voice their feelings & opinions…. if it does not incite violence than I say have at it…..
    I despise Trump & what he represents…..then again I have very little faith that the government has truly looked out for those its suppose to represent…..there just seems to be no accountability any more….

  73. tollisonsmith says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:46 am
    It’s not about the anthem. People complaining need to zip it up considering some of his loudest critics support a draft dodger, tax cheat, and dishonest person. If the person can’t be loyal at home, what loyalty do you think he has towards you or the country.

    These are not mutually exclusive. More binary thinking from 2 dimensional people. Try this, next time you want to make a counter point, try not using the word Trump.

  74. Suprised the Patriots are bringing in a guy like this. Protests aside, this clown has had more than one run-in with the law, and seems to be very much a ‘me first’ player.

  75. Nofoolnodrool says:
    March 12, 2019 at 10:43 am
    I for one am beyond disappointed. I know, what’s best for the team, yadda yadda. Liars and race hustlers have no place in my world. If you had half the character you love to chirp about you’d spend more time criticizing Bennett than the Pats. His actions tells us all we need to know.

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    Who are you to judge my character.

    The guy who reads your daily dose of anti-patriots, Steeler excusing, Trump hating drivel.

    Who are you to judge “patriots fans” as a whole. That sir is prejudice in it’s finest form. Trying to ruin a person and his livelihood while besmirching whites and police is a bit worse than getting caught in a massage parlor in most reasonable minds. You apologists are so transparent.

  76. solo681 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 7:35 am
    Patriots had opportunities to make the Defense even stronger but instead are goin backwards.

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    Lmao

    Thanks for the early season bulletin board material.

  77. stucats says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:05 am
    This clown just arrives in town and already he is causing trouble about the anthem again, then he wonders why he is disliked…..SMH! Not even he close he informed them before the trade is final that’s being upfront I respect that. its his choice to stay in the locker room like it was done for many years.

  78. steelerdeathstar says:

    March 12, 2019 at 8:32 am

    It seems out of character for NE to bring in a controversial, potentially disruptive individual like Bennett?! Especially one who may not help them that much on the field at this point?

    ———–

    Moss, Corey Dillon, Haynesworth, Josh Gordon even Rodney Harrison all had baggage. And Bennett was excellent last year with 9 sacks. He’s not a young player but he’s still producing and at a reasonable price tag. Belichick again showcasing his GM genius.
    ————
    Genius? He thought so much of Brady he took him in the 6th round. He thought even more of Kevin O’Connell (2008) that he took the quarterback in the 3rd round and then cut him at the end of the pre-season. Genius!

  79. Apparently he has no clue what integrity means. If lying about how a white cop abused you is integrity then we are on a different page.

  80. Going to be really funny in 10 years when we hear about the Bennett brothers being broke and in debt and the only way they can make money is by doing movies and acts with all male casts. Guys are straight down-low fi-fi’s.

  81. Why is it that the people who claim they are oppressed under the Beautiful & Magnificent US Flag do not pick up and move to another country?

    Irrational, mind controlled puppets of the socialist movement.

  82. True to form, Bennett is starting his time with his new team by making it all about him.

    This guy has talent, but his ego is louder than all of his stats. He and his brother wore out their welcome in the NFL years ago. Too bad both can’t just go quietly and with class, but we are nowhere near a perfect world…..

  83. Nofoolnodrool says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:36 am
    The fanboy spin on an action that they would criticize if done by another team should be interesting. Where are all the yokels who frequently post BB would never let that happen…..hypocrites
    ****************************
    Man, you spend an awful lot of time in Pats threads telling people what we’ll do, etc, it’s almost like you have an issue.

    What is there to spin? Many fans don’t like kneelers and he’s saying that he’s staying in the locker room – are you upset that he’s a kneeler or he’s staying in the locker room?

    And, FYI – BB got rid of freaking Randy Moss when he thought it might be an issue, do you really think he’s going to be worried about getting rid of Bennett if he becomes an issue?

  84. Wow there sure are a lot of triggered snowflakes in the comments. Thoughts and prayers for y’alls hurt feelings.

  85. As a veteran, I do not recall picking and choosing which amendments I would defend in the Constitution. As a service member, we take an oath to defend the entire Constitution, for all citizens of the country. The comments make me sad that this value is sometimes forgotten. I respect what is being said, by the posters, and the player – whether I agree or not. It is a privilege to live here. I always think “If not for the grace of god go I”. I could have been born in a country without such freedoms. I only ask, before you post, think about respecting the choices of others, and their statements, whether you agree or not.

    While I do not always agree with the player in what he what he may say or do (I have not walked in his shoes), and there are far more folks upset with his stance, (IMHO) it takes far less courage to ‘speak’ behind a keyboard to make some of this commentary above.

    Consider that, right or wrong, it takes courage to remain true to your beliefs, even if you are up against such a loud, upset, seemingly insurmountable amount of criticism.

    Let’s agree to disagree, and be respectful to each other.

  86. “Peaceful protest was one of the founding tenets of this nation (study some history folks), and to attack him on it is to be UNPATRIOTIC.”
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    Peacful protest = YES = USA

    Protesting/Disrespecting/Burning the US Flag that has saved millions of lives and continues to fight for FREEDOM is the DUMBEST thing anyone can do.

    When the human brain is used for good it produces good – when confused it brings forth failure.

  87. solo681 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:48 am
    Why is it that the people who claim they are oppressed under the Beautiful & Magnificent US Flag do not pick up and move to another country?
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    For the same reason that over 60 million imbeciles voted for the piece of cowardly, misogynistic, racist, tax dodging trash that is currently the president of this great country.

    Because people are free to express their opinions in this great country, in spite of the current administration’s efforts to end those freedoms.

  88. Not a fan of him or his views. All you Snowflakes can go find a room and snuggle. I want my country strong and not a carbon copy of dysfunctional Europe. We have men and women that fought and died for all we have, and I for one are forever grateful. Not a fan of Bennet and would prefer him not to be on “MY” team. Maybe he should run for congress and try to change things, but don’t disrespect the men and women who died for our constitution. Go find another country and live there if you think it’s better. . I’d rather we kept Flowers.

  89. No one will remember who you are or were 3 years after you leave the game. You leave no legacy. Loser.

  90. iowalion72 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:18 am
    What’s the change all these kneelers have caused? How is their perceived problem better than it was?
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    To their “cause”? No change at all. To the division in this country? Plenty. Honestly, I think that’s the real cause.

  91. Just another example how NE haters really don’t know about the Pats at all. Just like last year when Brady and Gronk didn’t show up until they had to. Instead of the Pats being flexible to the needs of a couple players it was made out to be sinister.

  92. I’m a lifelong Patriots fan and I find this very disappointing. They don’t need a low life liar like this pos on their team. Selling their soul for proven liar like him? It feels like it is time to walk away from the Patriots and find better ways to spend my time and money.

    It is hard to believe they couldn’t find a player for that position who has good moral character.

  93. Genius? He thought so much of Brady he took him in the 6th round. He thought even more of Kevin O’Connell (2008) that he took the quarterback in the 3rd round and then cut him at the end of the pre-season. Genius!

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    The round means nothing. It all about acquiring and developing players that contribute to the team’s success. A team doesn’t really get to know a player until they work with that player for a period of time.

  94. loser. what are you protesting? you make more money than 99% of all white people in the country for crying out loud.

  95. I am of the wrong family heritage to know the answer to the following question that I am asking in all honesty:

    When someone of the right heritage is watching football and sees player kneeling during the national anthem, what does it actually do for them? Does it fill the heart with a sense of gratitude for the player that “they know my struggle and are making a stand FOR ME…” or is it more like raising taxes on the rich? It might not put another dime in my pocket but the symbolism of it comforts me. I cannot relate, so I honestly don’t know.

    That being said, I do appreciate the resulting player/police/community leader discussions that have arisen from these protests. Bringing people in a community together is what players do on the field. It i good to see them do it off the field.

  96. SaintsGotRobbed says:
    March 12, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    No one will remember who you are or were 3 years after you leave the game. You leave no legacy.
    Loser.

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    Legacy? Why should anyone care what strangers think about them? You don’t know these players except for the fluff or the drama the media puts forward.

  97. “Because people are free to express their opinions in this great country, in spite of the current administration’s efforts to end those freedoms.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    You are deeply confused dear fellow citizen – It is the Obama/Clinton/Comey/Far Left that care nothin about USA Freedoms.

    Meditate on this proverb: When the human brain is used for good it produces good – when confused it brings forth failure.

  98. iowalion72 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:18 am
    What’s the change all these kneelers have caused? How is their perceived problem better than it was?
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    Meaning, why haven’t NFL players solved the real issue of institutionalized racism in law enforcement and the arbitrary use of deadly force against unarmed minorities? Yeah, that’s such a tiny issue, why hasn’t it gone away yet?

    And seriously people, stop with all the “he hates America” nonsense. We have rights. Our country was founded on protest. If you want to deny peoples’ right to non-violent protest, what kind of government do you really want?

  99. pittsburghdamned says:
    March 12, 2019 at 11:36 am
    Haha
    On the Trumpriots of all teams.

    Then again, I guess the floodgates have opened since Kraftmullet got busted for human trafficking.

    Munching my popcorn!

    Yeah, he wasn’t busted for trafficking anything. Accuracy, not your strong suit.

  100. It’s ok! Agree to disagree! Personally I know nothing is perfect, but I love this country. Just try to make things better Michael. Find common ground and not focus on all of our differences. It’s ok!

  101. afwhigs says:
    March 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    iowalion72 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:18 am
    What’s the change all these kneelers have caused? How is their perceived problem better than it was?
    —————————————————

    Meaning, why haven’t NFL players solved the real issue of institutionalized racism in law enforcement and the arbitrary use of deadly force against unarmed minorities? Yeah, that’s such a tiny issue, why hasn’t it gone away yet?

    And seriously people, stop with all the “he hates America” nonsense. We have rights. Our country was founded on protest. If you want to deny peoples’ right to non-violent protest, what kind of government do you really want?

    I’ll type this slowly,

    No one is trying to deny anyone the right to protest, except their employer, while they’re at work, getting paid. If I have to explain that I may as well be talking to a Kindergarten class. Funny how all these Constitutional Scholars don’t get the separations between the Government and private citizens or businesses. Pretty basic stuff.

  102. mixjuan says:
    March 12, 2019 at 12:33 pm
    I am of the wrong family heritage to know the answer to the following question that I am asking in all honesty:

    When someone of the right heritage is watching football and sees player kneeling during the national anthem, what does it actually do for them? Does it fill the heart with a sense of gratitude for the player that “they know my struggle and are making a stand FOR ME…” or is it more like raising taxes on the rich? It might not put another dime in my pocket but the symbolism of it comforts me. I cannot relate, so I honestly don’t know.

    That being said, I do appreciate the resulting player/police/community leader discussions that have arisen from these protests. Bringing people in a community together is what players do on the field. It i good to see them do it off the field.

    I agree but here’s the rub. Players & the “community” don’t understand, or are unwilling to admit they are part of the problem. It’s like putting the jack under the rear wheel to change a flat front tire. You have all the right parts but if you skip the jack handle that car’s not going up anytime soon. EVERY party in this has to own their part of the problem or it’s doomed to failure.

  103. Now all you Patriot fans screaming what a good trade that was and why would the Eagles trade him…now you know. The Eagles players (Jenkins and Jason Peters) kept him in check, as did the front office. The Birds have a great team chemistry and respect for us Vets. Bennett does not. Now he’s not our distraction..

  104. Belichick has no standards when it comes to personal character. It shows in the entire organization from the ownership on down to the guy who deflates the footballs.
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    The guy who deflates footballs?? The guy who deflates footballs happens to be a woman! Mother Nature!!!

  105. “The Pats and their fans have not heard that one since every off-season of the last fifteen seasons. No wonder the Pats have only been to nine Super Bowls, and won six, in this millennium. Clearly they have underachieved, and all of the “going backwards” crowd should be their GM.”
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    YES, they are currently going backwards on Defense and to deny it mean your head is up someone’s butte.

    The lame Pats D could not stop the Eagles, and the Giants twice.

    Defense wins Championships just as SB53 once again proved that point.

    Pats D needs to stay Young, Strong/Talented and Hungry which Bennett does not fill.

    The Pats missed out on some great FA’s.

  106. Bennett is subtraction by addition. I’m not sure I like what I am seeing and hearing. Strangely, he’ll be wearing a flag and be called a Patriot when he does come on the field.

  107. solo681 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 6:56 pm
    …………………
    Pats D needs to stay Young, Strong/Talented and Hungry which Bennett does not fill.

    The Pats missed out on some great FA’s.
    ————————————————

    Yes, it is the second week of March, the Pats might as well waive the white flag and give up on next season because they are one of the few teams in the league who have not yet grossly overpaid for any free agents in a continuing effort to compete with, keep up with, or perhaps overtake, the New England Patriots.

    Wait a second, the Patriots are the Patriots, so why would they even try to compete with, keep up with, or overtake the Patriots? No wonder why they have already blown next season. [/sarcasm]

  108. Lemmy Aksyadis says:
    March 12, 2019 at 3:37 pm
    afwhigs says:
    March 12, 2019 at 12:47 pm
    iowalion72 says:
    March 12, 2019 at 8:18 am
    What’s the change all these kneelers have caused? How is their perceived problem better than it was?
    —————————————————

    Meaning, why haven’t NFL players solved the real issue of institutionalized racism in law enforcement and the arbitrary use of deadly force against unarmed minorities? Yeah, that’s such a tiny issue, why hasn’t it gone away yet?

    And seriously people, stop with all the “he hates America” nonsense. We have rights. Our country was founded on protest. If you want to deny peoples’ right to non-violent protest, what kind of government do you really want?

    I’ll type this slowly,

    No one is trying to deny anyone the right to protest, except their employer, while they’re at work, getting paid. If I have to explain that I may as well be talking to a Kindergarten class. Funny how all these Constitutional Scholars don’t get the separations between the Government and private citizens or businesses. Pretty basic stuff.

    ——————————————————

    Your employer and my employer are very different from the NFL. Public figures have a different life. Those with a public platform sometimes choose to use it. Just like actors or musicians may speak out about social issues – why? Because someone asked them a question and they answered it, usually.

    The NFL has said that players can protest by staying in the locker room. So the employer is allowing players to protest “at work”. I get what you’re saying, but the context for pro athletes is entirely different from most of society.

    So in this case Bennett’s employer is allowing him to peacefully protest at work. At least that’s the current rule. Any argument, then, against him being able to peacefully protest is questioning his right to do so.

  109. So many neocon flag-hugging snowflakes on this thread. None of you would have even the inkling of a nerve to say to Bennett’s face what you’re saying in here. Just another bunch of keyboard warriors.

  110. If Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft say Michael Bennett must be on the sideline for the national anthem, then Michael Bennett will be on the sideline for the national anthem. He loves $$$$$$$ too much not to.

  111. The Patsies will field whoever gives them the best chance of winning. Besides, Trump will never harm his buddy Kraft. Patsies will get a hall pass on this one like everything else.

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