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Matthew Slater on OMF shares how Patriots will approach national anthem this season

Ryan Hannable
August 13, 2018 - 7:37 pm
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Around the league, one of the biggest issues over the course of this coming season will be the national anthem and how teams handle things.

For the Patriots, it doesn't seem like it will be an issue as they have already decided what they will do.

Appearing on Ordway, Merloni & Fauria as part of Patriots Monday, special teams captain Matthew Slater said what was seen Thursday is what will be seen all year (every player stood in a line together).

“As you saw during the preseason, the first preseason game, we all stood," Slater said. "I think as a team we feel that is the best thing for us to do and I think you can look for more of that moving forward.”

The NFL and NFLPA still have not come together on a resolution regarding the issue and Slater said he understands where both sides are coming from, but right now he's focused on making a difference in the community.

“I wouldn’t say I am frustrated. I think it is a very difficult issue," he said. "I think people on both sides of the aisle feel very strongly about it and I am hoping we can reach an agreement where everyone feels respected, everyone feels heard and we’re doing the right thing for everyone. In an ideal world that is what you have.

"As I’ve said earlier when I have spoken out it, my focus now is on trying to build relationships in the community, do what I can to bridge the gap where there is a gap and use my platform in a positive way. That is what I have always tried to do here throughout the course of my career and that is what I am going to continue to do. We’ll let the big wigs figure out the rest.”

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