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New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was asked about his thoughts on players kneeling during the national anthem in a Monday interview with Jim Gray at the Milken Institute.

Brady said that, “You have to have respect for everyones opinions.”

Sports reporter Jim Gray.
Q: Your feelings on the issue of kneeling for the National Anthem. @Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady.
A: “You have to have respect for everyones opinions. … #Sports for me has been the most unifying part of my life. … Never forget that.”#MIGlobalpic.twitter.com/IAS5ZIGOik

The anthem protests started when then-San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the anthem in the 2016 preseason. A couple players followed, but the issue reached its peak this past season when the president weighed in.

President Trump said at a rally in Alabama, “Wouldnt you love to see one of these NFL owners, when somebody disrespects our flag, to say, Get that son of a b—- off the field right now. Out. Hes fired. Hes fired!”

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The comments, followed by tweets from the president, sparked outrage throughout the league.

Even Brady, an avid Trump supporter, did not like the presidents comments at the time.

“Yeah, I certainly disagree with what he said. I thought it was just divisive,” Brady said on “Kirk & Callahan,” via Ryan Hannable of WEEI.

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