Former Patriot and living football legend Matt Light said he was “ashamed to be a Patriot” after watching the team’s participation in the NFL’s national anthem protest, and added that he is not the only one.
Light told the Boston Herald he had no problem with fans booing his old team after watching them disrespect their country, and said that the stunt “would have never happened during [his] time.”
Via Boston Herald:
“If you think that it’s OK to take a knee during our national anthem and disrespect openly the national anthem, you are wrong,” Light said. “I don’t care if you have a ‘but what about’ or a ‘it’s because of,’ that doesn’t’ matter.”
The anthem kneeling “would have never happened during my time,” Light said. “As a guy that’s been there and helped set up the Patriot Way so they can walk in there and do what they do, it’s beyond disheartening. It’s the first time I’ve ever been ashamed to be a Patriot. And I promise you I’m not the only one.”
Light was the Patriots’ left tackle, responsible for protecting Tom Brady’s blindside. During his time on the team, Light helped the Patriots win in three of the team’s trips to the Super Bowl.
As he watched his team kneel, Light sat next to “a 91-year old veteran and the wife of a slain SEAL Team 6 member,” driving home the impact of the disrespectful protest.
“His wife had to sit at her first NFL game and watch what these men chose to do. Her husband died, gave his life up so that they could do that,” Light said. “That’s the reality that these so-called men don’t understand. Is it about their cause or is it about them? If it was about their cause, I could come up with a million different ways for them to really truly change things. If it’s about them, well … you see what happens. The collateral damage is widespread.
He added that the protesters “obviously didn’t think about anybody other than themselves.”