Players across multiple team teams took a knee during the national anthem Sunday. It was despicable. I was ashamed to see that a number of players on my team did the same.
I expected better from the Patriots organization, and I’m not the only one who feels that way. Cue Former Patriots star Matt Light. The Super Bowl Champ spoke to the Boston Herald about his former teammates’ actions, and he said he’s absolutely ashamed.
“If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light said. “I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t’ matter.”
YES YES YES. Exactly. You can say, “I’m not disrespecting our military” until you’re blue in the face, but it doesn’t change the fact that you ARE. Find another way to protest. You can do it without slapping our vets across the face.
The anthem kneeling “would have never happened during my time,” Light said. “As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond disheartening. It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.”
“Nobody can force anybody to do anything in a situation like that. If he chooses to do it he’s going to do it,” Light said. “But I’m going to tell you this much, with the amount of preparation and attention to detail and all the things that happen in that organization, I’m really surprised that it wasn’t dealt with so it didn’t get to that point.”
Light said of the protest, “We’ve never been those people. On the door going out it says ‘ignore the noise.’ It says ‘ignore the hype.’ It says ‘manage expectations.’ And it also says ‘speak for yourself.’ If that is not the Patriot Way anymore, then I am very disheartened and very upset. I’m also not saying that I’ll never be a Patriots fan. What I’m saying is I’m very ashamed.”
By the way, Light was actually at the game with the wife of a slain SEAL Team 6 member AND a 91-year-old vet. It’s so nice that they got to see these ungrateful millionaires disrespect them and their loved ones.
“His wife had to sit at her first NFL game and watch what these men chose to do. Her husband died, gave his life up so that they could do that,” Light said. “That’s the reality that these so-called men don’t understand. Is it about their cause or is it about them? If it was about their cause, I could come up with a million different ways for them to really truly change things. If it’s about them, well … you see what happens. The collateral damage is widespread.
“They obviously didn’t think about anybody other than themselves.”
h/t Boston Herald