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Several Patriots players kneel during national anthem; Tom Brady, others show unity by locking arms

Ryan Hannable
September 24, 2017 - 1:07 pm

FOXBORO -- For the first time, members of the Patriots protested during the national anthem.

Prior to Sunday's game against the Texans, several players knelt during the anthem including Devin McCourty, Stephon Gilmore, Malcolm Butler, Jonathan Jones, Elandon Roberts, Duron Harmon, Brandin Cooks and others. The number was close to 20.

In addition, several others including the entire offensive line, Tom Brady and Jimmy Garoppolo stood next to the group and locked arms.

This comes following Donald Trump's comments Friday night. Last year Devin McCourty and Martellus Bennett raised their fists after Week 1's anthem, but it was nothing like what happened Sunday.

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