Saints QB Brees says team will kneel, then stand for anthem

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NEW YORK (AP) - New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees said the team will kneel and then stand for the national anthem before their game against Miami in London.

Brees said in a tweet on Friday, "As a way to show respect to all, our #Saints team will kneel in solidarity prior to the national anthem & stand together during the anthem."

That's also how the Dallas Cowboys dealt with their anthem protest on Monday night in a game against the New York Giants.

Ten Saints players sat on the bench during the anthem last Sunday on a day of unprecedented protests among NFL players and some owners in response to comments by President Donald Trump that players should be fired if anyone "disrespects our flag."

Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement in response to the Saints decision:

"Throughout the week, I have been in contact with the Saints leadership and have been kept up to date about the ongoing conversations among members of the team. I understand they have been looking for a way to show unity while also acknowledging the original intent behind their protest - one that doesn’t involve the flag or our national anthem. I know the Saints have put a great deal of thought into this. I applaud their decision and appreciate the leadership of the organization and team captains. I welcome the opportunity to further discuss the issues raised by Saints team members and am committed moving forward together.”

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