The offseason drama that has infected New England is nearing its end. A day after star tight end Rob Gronkowski revealed that he plans to attend the Patriots’ mandatory minicamp, which begins on Tuesday, the MMQB’s Albert Breer reported that star quarterback Tom Brady is expected to attend mandatory minicamp as well, as expected. Both players the team’s two most important players skipped voluntary OTAs.
A separate question asked, Do you think that NFL players who kneel during the national anthem are patriotic or unpatriotic?Forty-one percent of people said that kneeling is unpatriotic, but 42% selected, Kneeling is not related to patriotism.Only 14% said kneeling is patriotic. San Francisco 49ers players Eli Harold (57), Eric Reid (35) and Marquise Goodwin (11) kneel during the national anthem before a game against the Houston Texans in Houston on Dec. 10, 2017.
Long was questioned about Goodell’s silence in the wake of Trump’s comments about the Eagles in recent days.
He didn’t say anything? Long asked. Hey, I don’t speak for the commissioner, if he doesn’t want to stand up for the players, that’s not really my business.
As Trump and the White House made attacks on the Eagles for their approach to a canceled White House event celebrating the team’s Super Bowl LII victory. It also touched on their supposed proclivity for kneeling during the anthem — which nobody on the team did during the regular season or postseason — Goodell or the NFL have yet to comment on the situation or come out in support of the Eagles or any players.
The White House also accused the Eagles of abandoning their fans.
Goodell’s silence on the matter doesn’t concern Long, he said.