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Trey Flowers on OMF explains kneeling for anthem: 'We won't stand for disrespect'

Greg Levinsky
September 25, 2017 - 12:42 pm

Patriots defensive end Trey Flowers joined Ordway, Merloni & Fauria on Monday to talk about New England's 36-33 win over the Houston Texans, facing rookie Deshaun Watson, and national anthem protests. To listen to the interview, visit the OMF audio on demand page.

Flowers was one of 16 Patriots who chose to kneel during Sunday's national anthem at Gillette Stadium. While some see the kneeling as a sign of disrespect toward the United States' armed forces and veterans, Flowers echoed teammates and other players around the league who say the protests have nothing to do with the military and are done with “no disrespect” toward the troops.

“I salute them with the utmost respect,” Flowers said. “[They’re] putting their lives on the line, and probably for someone they don’t even know. That’s more courage than anyone could have.”

Flowers said he knelt because of President Donald Trump’s comments Friday night, when he called players who kneel during the anthem "sons of bitches" and called for team owners to fire those players.

Flowers said it's hard to "stick to football" when the president calls them out like that, and that everyone needs to get better, from the Patriots as football players to anyone as an American citizen.

“We won’t stand for disrespect,” Flowers said. “I think us as a people, as America, we need to put him [Trump] at a higher standard and demand greatness.”

Flowers wants to do something as a team. He said they need to “come together and symbolize we won’t accept disrespect.”

He also added that he'd “love for it to get to the point where it’s just about football.” Flowers noted that while his first job is football, he is also aware of issues that are bigger than the game.

Flowers recorded six combined tackles including one sack and two quarterback hits in Sunday's victory. He took down Watson on the second play from scrimmage.

Flowers said the Patriots' front seven were tasked with containing Watson and forcing him to throw from the pocket. Watson amassed over 300 yards through the air, and Flowers admitted the defense has been far from perfect.

“It’s about being focused,” Flowers said. “Being focused through the whole down rather than just at the beginning. It forces you to be disciplined.”

The Patriots have allowed 98 points over the first three weeks. At this point last season, they had allowed 45 points and shut out the Texans.

OMF - Trey Flowers joins the show; Duron Harmon discusses why he knelt yesterday 9-25-17

HOUR 3 - Matt Light was on with Kirk and Gerry and was less than thrilled with the Patriots who chose to kneel on Sunday. Duron Harmon shared his reasoning for kneeling. And Trey Flowers joined the guys at Gillette following the Pats win over the Texans.

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