New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft criticized President Donald Trump, whom he has previously called a very good friend, saying he is "deeply disappointed" in Trump's comments condemning NFL players who kneel in protest during the national anthem. "There is no greater unifier in this country than sports, and unfortunately, nothing more divisive than politics," Kraft said in a statement tweeted by the Patriots. The team's CEO added that he supports players' rights "to peacefully [effect] social change." "I think our political leaders could learn a lot from the lessons of teamwork and the importance of working together toward a common goal," the statement said. "Our players are intelligent, thoughtful, and care deeply about our community and I support their right to peacefully affect social change and raise awareness in a manner that they feel is impactful." The public disagreement comes only months after the Patriots made a formal visit to the White House in April during which...
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