Belichick knows the defense can be better, but he also knows that Newton could regain his MVP form and go off at any time. He remained in the tunnel for the national anthem.
The comments prompted league-wide protests from players and, in some cases, owners.
“That’s the guy who writes my checks and that’s how I feed my family. There are only a few times in a man’s life where you have the chance to stand up for something that you believe in and make a statement so today I thought was that chance and I took it”. “You might be a little nervous and a little scared but at the same time he basically was letting the guys know yesterday that you don’t have to be”.
Cornerback Captain Munnerlyn said via WFNZ-AM in Charlotte that the team didn’t do much, and was disappointed about it. The guys in the locker room were trying to create some type of whatever it might be that people can come and shed light on what the issue really is and hear and listen because my views may be different than your views and our views may be different than his views, but we can still come together and respect each other.
“When you have your owner backing you, that’s huge”, Munnerlyn said. “I’m behind you. If you decide to do this, I’m behind you”.
Newton said Wednesday he is “absolutely” considering some sort of protest during the anthem because he wants to “be a voice for others that don’t have the voice we have”. “Now let’s start talking about what the solution is, how we can do things as an organization, how we can start doing things as a community to start bringing closure to this and start showing we are truly working in the direction to correct those things everybody was protesting against. So my next question I hope is about the Patriots”.
The New England Patriots had plenty of trouble dealing with quarterback Deshaun Watson on Sunday. He also said it was important not to forget Kaepernick, who remains unemployed.
Newton said he is not looking to offend the public.
“One thing I don’t want to do is make an irrational decision at the spur of the moment and just say, ‘OK, I’m going to do something, ‘” Newton said.
“That’s a lesson right there”. He gave credit to Colin Kaepernick for being the first player to raise awareness to the issues of social injustice. “And now everybody is kind of understanding what his reasoning was, and I respect that”. Had he had the opportunity to think about it more, he said, he would likely have demonstrated as well.