Brandin Cooks, Danny Amendola confirm Patriots will stand for national anthem vs Panthers
Hundreds of players around the NFL chose to take a knee for the national anthem last weekend in protest of police brutality and President Trump's recent comments regarding the NFL. The Patriots were no different--over a dozen New England players kneeled, while the rest of the team locked their arms in a show of solidarity. However, it looks like that demonstration will not continue against the Panthers tomorrow. Per The Boston Herald on Thursday:
Sixteen players took a knee prior to kickoff this past Sunday, and most of the rest stood with their arms interlocked. Wide receiver Brandin Cooks, who took a knee, said Sunday that he believed it would be a one-week demonstration, and slot receiver Danny Amendola reiterated that yesterday.
“From my understanding, I think we’re all going to stand for that,” Amendola said. “But it’s not Sunday yet.”
It will be interesting to see whether or not those comments remain true after 4some Pats fans organized a jersey-burning ceremony for players who kneeled last week. Though Amendola and Cooks seemed fairly confident on Thursday, the news of the rally may spur a second week of kneeling in counter-protest. We'll have to wait and see until tomorrow at 1 PM to confirm for sure.