Guys I'm not even American and I don't care about the american military or veterans or respect blah blah. I am just a Pats football fan. And I started this thread because I am concerned this stuff can cause distraction for the football team. I still feel this thread is very relevant to the Patriots football team and its chemistry and performance. McCourty's actions, coming as a team captain who is aware of team rules, can be potentially disruptive. I don't care for the math quiz that the moderator speaks of since it's not my fault that there are posts here that have gone off-topic from the original discussion, which is whether this stuff can create a distraction for our football team. I think clearly from the tone of discussion here, there is dangerous disruptive potential here. This was a headache for SF before. This is a headache at Seahawks right now with Bennett's actions. And the headaches will grow. Yes at some point when every 2nd NFL player is sitting, noone will care, but we're not there yet. Frankly I don't even understand why the national anthem is played when there is no Team USA playing. I don't hear the British national anthem before every Premier League match. Or similar for other leagues in other countries. What do they do in MLB or NHL where there are Canadian and American teams? Do they sing the Canadian anthem or American anthem or both for Toronto Blue Jays or Montreal Canadiens? What do they do for NFL games in UK currently? Do they play both anthems? Will Bennett and McCourty or others stand up for the UK national anthem after they sit for the US national anthem? That will look incredibly stupid.