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Saints quarterback Drew Brees on players kneeling during the national anthem: ‘I do not agree with that’

Saints quarterback Drew Brees started his postgame comments Sunday by saying that he disagreed “with what the President said and how he said it.” But as for players around the NFL kneeling during the national anthem on Sunday, both as a response to Trump’s comments and a continuation of the movement Colin Kaepernick started last August, Brees said he did not agree with that as a form of protest.

Here is the video of Brees’ postgame comments about protests during the national anthem, and President Trump’s recent comments and tweets about the NFL:

Dolphins safety Michael Thomas gets emotional while discussing Trump’s comments

Following his team’s two-touchdown loss to the New York Jets on Sunday, Miami Dolphins safety Michael Thomas was emotional while discussing Donald Trump’s recent comments and tweets regarding NFL players and those who have chosen to kneel during the national anthem. Thomas seemed on the verge of tears while saying “this is bigger than me” and “I got a daughter, she’s going to have to live in this world.”

Before the Dolphins-Jets game, four Dolphins players knelt and the rest of the team linked arms as a display of unity as the national anthem was performed.

Thomas’ full postgame comments were as follows: “It just amazes me with everything else that’s going on in this world, especially involving the U.S., that’s what you’re concerned about my man? You’re the leader of the free world, this is what you talking about? As a man, as a father, as an African American man, somebody in the NFL who is one of those sons of (expletive), yeah, I took it personally. But at the same time, like I said, like I said in my Twitter post, it’s bigger than me, man. It’s bigger than me. I got a daughter, she’s going to have to live in this world, you know what I’m saying? And I’m going to do whatever I gotta do to make sure she can look at her dad and be like, ‘Hey, we did something, we tried to make a change.’ You feel me?”

Trump on players kneeling during the national anthem: ‘NFL should change policy!’

President Trump has been very active on Twitter on Sunday, continuing his criticism of the NFL and players who choose to kneel during the national anthem. Here is his latest tweet on the matter:

Trump’s day of tweeting about sports started at 6:44 a.m. and has continued into the evening. Here is what it has looked like:

He also retweeted these two tweets, which are both connected to the concept of kneeling during the national anthem:

Saints Coach Sean Payton on Trump: ‘I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office’

After his New Orleans Saints upended the Carolina Panthers on Sunday, Saints Coach Sean Payton shared his perspective on President Trump and recent comments he has made criticizing the NFL and protests during the national anthem. Before the game in Charlotte, players from the Saints and Panthers linked arms while the national anthem was performed, joining the league-wide demonstrations that also included many players kneeling and a few teams staying in the locker room during the anthem.

“I think we need a little bit more wisdom in that office,” Payton told a group of reporters. “That’s a little bit blunt, but that’s how I feel. I want that guy to be one of the smarter guys in the room, and it seems like every time he is opening his mouth it is something that’s dividing our country and not pulling us together.”

Here is a video of Payton sharing that comment, among others, after the game:

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins compares Trump to a Twitter troll

Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins, who has regularly raised his right fist during the national anthem and frequently discusses political and social issues, shared his latest thoughts on President Trump after his team’s 24-21 win over the Giants on Sunday.

“Honestly it’s no different from any troll who’s been coming after me on social media for the past year,” Jenkins said, according to ESPN’s Dan Graziano.

Here more thoughts from Jenkins from after the Eagles-Giants game:

After Trump criticized the NFL and players who protest during the national anthem, Jenkins and his teammates linked arms prior to Sunday’s game. A few Eagles players also urged Eagles fans at Lincoln Financial Field to  join them. Jenkins tweeted this Sunday morning in an effort to include fans in the team’s pregame demonstration:

NFL anthem protests: Sunday brings a tidal wave of responses to President Trump

Sunday is seeing the strongest demonstrations yet by NFL players, directly responding to President Trump’s demand of NFL owners to “fire or suspend” players for protesting inequality and police brutality. Trump’s tweets brought comments from the league, the players’ association, stars such as Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, and even some longtime Trump backers, including New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft and former coach/ESPN analyst Rex Ryan.

Here is some of our coverage so far, and stay tuned as we keep you updated throughout the day:

Trump demands NFL teams ‘fire or suspend’ players or risk fan boycott

Jaguars owner joins players in demonstration before London game

NFL players, including Aaron Rodgers and Tom Brady, weigh in

Patriots owner Robert Kraft ‘deeply disappointed by the tone’ of Trump’s NFL comments

Broncos’ Derek Wolfe says he stands during anthem for ‘the men who died in real battle’

London Fletcher: If I was still in the NFL, I would demonstrate

Jenkins: NFL shows restraint in the face of vulgarity — and gets it right

NFL owners, team presidents and chief executives react to President Trump’s comments

Donald Trump’s long, stormy and unrequited romance with the NFL

NFL Week 3: President Trump urges boycott over player protests, injury updates, scores, fantasy football tips

Trump turns sports into a political battleground with comments on NFL and Stephen Curry

Roger Goodell responds to Trump’s call to ‘fire’ NFL players protesting during national anthem

Group led by Dolphins owner wants to see every professional athlete registered to vote

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