The New England Patriots quarterback Julian Edelmann has said he is not regretting his decision not to kneel during the national anthem.
The Boston Globe reported on Monday that Edelman, who was drafted by the Patriots in the first round in 2018, has a history of kneeling during the anthem, including a week earlier when he kneeled for the anthem at the NFL Combine.
He has previously said he was not bothered by the protest and did not feel any different in 2017 when he knelt during the American National Anthem at a ceremony in Boston.
The NFL said on Monday it was not aware of any issues between the league and Edelman regarding the protests.
“As the league continues to work to develop policies that are fair and just for our players and the communities we serve, we have not received any reports of any player or coach making any changes to their practices or practices-related programs,” NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told the Boston Globe.
“The commissioner’s office has been in touch with the player regarding his decision, and he is hopeful that he will soon receive an explanation.”
Edelman has faced criticism for his decision.
During a press conference last week, he said he had “a lot of support from the players”, but added that he felt it was important to stand for the national anthems and that he believed he was doing so because of what he felt was a responsibility to his teammates.
Edelman also said he did not regret his decision and that it did not affect his performance during the regular season.
“It didn’t affect my performance in the regular-season,” he said.
“I felt that I had the right to do it, and I have.
I’ve never been in a position where I’ve felt like I had to make a decision like that.
I have a history, and a lot of people have a past.
I’m not a fan of being a distraction.”
Asked if he regretted his decision during the National Anthem, Edelman said: “I don’t regret it, no.”
Asked whether he would continue to kneels during the pre-game ritual, Edelman said: ‘Absolutely.’
“I think you have to stand in solidarity, and that’s what I’m doing.
I just think it’s important that you stand in unity, and it’s not like you’re not supposed to be standing for the flag.”
He added: “We’re all human beings.
I don’t want to be a distraction, and you know what?
I’m just doing what I think is right.””
We have a lot going on in this world, and we have to continue to work through the issues.
You don’t need to be protesting something to have a better life.
You need to have some dignity and respect, and stand up for what you believe in.
That’s what you’re doing, and if you want to do something else, then great.
I appreciate it.”