Over the last two years my wife has really fallen in love with the Patriots, she has consumed the game with a passion that only matches her love of quilting.
Today despite my own misgivings I turned on the game for her (I’m pretty indifferent except for Brady) and while Tom Brady, Robert Kraft and Bill Belichick all stood there were a bunch of Patriots taking a knee.
— Chelsi McDonald (@ChelsiMMcDonald) September 24, 2017
When she saw this something happened that I didn’t expect.
She told me to shut it off.
As she said: “they’re paid to throw and catch pigskin, protest on your own dime, your own dime and your own time…this girl is not going to fall all over anybody because they are babies, spoiled overpaid babies. Put on your big boy pants and grow up.” ”
She didn’t stop there “the Patriots are supposed to be a class act and that shows no class at all.”
she had plenty more to say but I can’t type that fast.
She also apologizes to Tom, Grok and everyone who stood and while she will always root for her boys but as of today as long as there is a Patriot kneeling for the anthem, the TV gets shut off or changed.
The people at work will be shocked when she doesn’t ask for the score of the game, but if they want to make a statement fine, this is hers.
I really didn’t think this would happen and I suspect neither did the NFL.
May they be happy with the path they have chosen.
Update: Apparently they lost a large chunk of the crowd at the game too:
During the playing of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Gillette Stadium, 17 Patriots players decided to take a knee, including defensive starters Devin McCourty, Malcolm Butler, Duron Harmon and Stephon Gilmore.
The fans didn’t like that
There were many boos from fans, including some screaming "stand up" while the national anthem was beginning.
— Doug Kyed (@DougKyed) September 24, 2017
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