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Donald Trump's words are divisive, says NFL star Brady

By AP Reporter

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady is at odds with Donald Trump on the issue of American football players' protests during the US national anthem, calling the president's comments "just divisive".

NFL star Brady told Boston's WEEI-FM that he "certainly" disagrees with Mr Trump's comment that NFL owners should fire any player who refuses to stand for the anthem.

Patriots players locked arms with some team-mates during the Star Spangled Banner on Sunday against the Houston Texans, while other players knelt.

Brady has called Mr Trump a "good friend" in the past and one of the president's "Make America Great Again" hats was spotted in Brady's locker in 2015.

Mr Trump has often praised the quarterback on social media.

Brady skipped a White House visit with Mr Trump in April when the team celebrated its fifth Super Bowl title.

NFL spokesman Joe Lockhart also criticised Mr Trump, saying players' protests against racial inequality and police brutality are "real locker room talk".

This is an apparent reference to Mr Trump being caught on tape talking with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush about kissing, groping and trying to have sex with women. Mr Trump later dismissed his remarks made in the 2005 video, which emerged a month before the November election, as "locker room talk".

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