“Tom Brady” and “National Anthem” are both trending topics after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady failed to put his hand over his heart during the National Anthem at today’s Patriots-Ravens game. You’d think a player for the Patriots would know better.





Brady wasn’t the only one:


Belichick is the Patriots’ head coach.


Ravens’ Ray Lewis gets emotional during National Anthem

  • $129448

    Giselle told him not to do it

    • http://www.facebook.com/matt.braun.9674 Matt Braun

      just stand for the Anthem….and remove your hat.

    • Helena Starke

      Silly !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • celestiallady

    They aren’t the only ones – what’s up with that?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000513851360 Jean Kirven

    who do thy think they are ???? obama

  • David Hinsdale

    My guess is all the Tweets are from NE haters. But he should show respect from now on.

  • http://www.facebook.com/shirley.tebay Shirley Tebay

    There is just no excuse for not putting your hand over your heart during the National Anthem no matter who you are if you live in America!

    • Snap N McGarrett

      …she said while sitting on the couch.

      • http://www.facebook.com/sapper.daddy87 Kody Bowman

        Ok, you are a Pats fan. Got it. Now, coming from a combat veteran who is not a fan of pro sports at all: You need to stop trolling and recognize the fact that no matter who you are it is a moral obligation to respect the National Anthem. Putting your hands in your hand warmer is crap. Hand over heart for civilians, proper salute for military.

        • old fan

          and also former military

        • Robbie C

          Thx for your service, but you are off key here. Patriotic symbolism means nothing. It’s exercising ones right as established by the US Constitution that matters more. And sadly, all these “Support the Troops” screaming mostly don’t know the very body of law that governs them. In addition, Support is an action. Simply writing it on a Facebook post, poster, or bumper sticker means nothing.

          • 97E

            And Robbie C assumes we give two s**t’s about his half-assed opinion, why?

            Blow it out your ass, kid.

        • Guest

          I’ll respect the national anthem when they remove the words “under God”.

    • Robbie C

      Yes there is. His unalienable rights. And it’s also etiquette.

    • http://twitter.com/SupermanFanCK Jordan Darnell

      They play the anthem here on base every single day at 5..If i’m in the bathroom I don’t drop everything and put my hand over my heart…again read that I live on base!

    • $36103485

      I’ve never put my hand over my heart for national anthem. I will take my hat off but no country owns my heart. When I think of the government or churches I keep one hand on my wallet and the other over my a*shole.

    • $24698634

      It’s my right not to, that’s my excuse. What’s the matter, don’t like the 1st amendment? Go take your patriotism police-state mindset elsewhere.

  • Brad Lobdell

    Look at the pictures. Lots of people didn’t do it. Not cool

  • tc4012

    Unfortunately this is the “progressive” America we now live in…shameful

  • gaheat

    He never did have a clue or class, just another jock… money can not buy you morals or respectablity

  • Lsmorris67

    I can’t even listen to the National Anthem without tearing up. It means something to me. It makes me think of all the men and women that have given their lives for us and all that continue to protect us. It makes me think of my husband that served our great country for almost 25 years. To have no respect is to me deplorable.

  • Love of Country

    If I was on Twitter …. I’d tweet this pic to the handful of Democrats who are bashing Brady right now …. not to defend Brady’s poor judgement, but to give those trolls some of their own bitter hypocrisy medicine, lol. Here’s an extremely telling photo of Dinglebarry during the Pledge of Allegiance, for Pete’s sake.


  • http://www.facebook.com/jennifer.racette Jennifer Racette

    Hand over heart is the LEAST this idiot could do for the ONLY country on the planet in which his BLOATED multi-million dollar contract is even possible. Disgusting! The NFL should FINE him for unsportsmanlike conduct.

    • J.N. Ashby

      Unfamiliar with soccer, I take it?

      • peoplectr

        soccer players in other countries don’t make a portion of what Brady makes. Get real

        • J.N. Ashby

          Really, sweety? Like Ronaldo? He makes more. Wayne Rooney has a higher number affixed to his name. Both in Euros. How about you get real?

          • misterp

            Good point :)! Messi, also I believe! and a number of others! But both have over-bloated contracts, by that i mean football; American or European! Sports in general, but im a capitalist and if the market allows such a demand or supply, then so be it!!!! I don’t believe Tom did this on purpose! they do hear a LOT of anthems in their careers! And he is not the President for crying out loud!

          • http://www.facebook.com/oz.becker Oz Ten Becker

            Capitalist or not, I could care less how many times they’ve heard the national anthem. They get paid a lot of money to play sports, and hearing that song is part of their job.

          • Robbie C

            But they are hearing it. They don’t have their ears covered.

    • Maria ODonnell

      There were other Patriots including the coach who did not do it either. What a shame.

      • http://twitter.com/equaltreatment Elaine

        Also funny that when all the black football players Pray and THANK GOD above, no one ‘mocks and ridicules’ them like they do to Tebow? Why is that?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002109532283 Jillane Kent


    • $36103485

      Deutchland uber alles. Patriotism, the last bastion of the scoundrel.

  • J.d. Blakley

    when I’m home alone and hear the Anthem I put my hand over my
    heart!……. ALL sports coaches should REQUIRE that all teammates show
    respect to their country by saluting the flag of the country who pays
    them DAMN good money to play and entertain us!

    • Robbie C

      No they shouldn’t. It’s their right to do as they pleased. Simma down with your patriotic crap. It’s pure symbolism and it means nothing. If you are stuck on that, then sadly, you are no better than the current generation who are all style and no substance.

    • Frank_Lee

      That is really crazy.

  • bjigler

    Come on, Baltimore, kick Brady and Belichick’s butt!!

    • Joe Ferro

      Keep wishing.

      • TocksNedlog

        Wish granted.

      • 97E

        Ahaaaa! Someone get shown up?

        Looks like it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/Pep58 Paul Pepper

      Kiss not kick.

      • bjigler

        No, kick.

  • Guest

    You place ur hand over ur heart for the Pledge of Allegiance. There is no “protocal” for the National Anthem. Give me a break.! I’m very much into “flag policing”, and I get very upset when people don’t know the words. Being the daughter of a Captain in WW2 I cry uncontrollably each time I hear this song.
    I love u Michelle but this is a bit ridiculous. Especially since its freezing there and he needs to keep his hands warm for THROWING THE BALL!

    • http://www.facebook.com/john.c.mcguire.14 John C. McGuire

      I’m with you on this one, that’s not a requirement for the anthem.

    • Guest

      Also, his hat was off. He was showing respect. Some men dont even do that. Start paying attention people. This is the same crap liberals post that we get upset about. Educate yourself before posting something idiotic as this bashing post is.

    • Semper Fi

      The US Code (Titles 4 and 36) specifies four circumstances for rendering the hand-over-heart salute:

      1. When the US flag is raised or lowered
      2. When the US flag is carried past in a review or parade
      3. When reciting the pledge of allegiance
      4. When the national anthem is played

      It’s amazing how little people know about patriotism.

      • http://www.facebook.com/Pep58 Paul Pepper

        Im sure you stood up and put ur hand over ur heart. U probably were scratching ur nads.

        • TocksNedlog

          That’s what Tom Brady was doing.

      • Joshua Ross

        There’s no legal penalty, though. In poor taste? Sure. It’s amazing that conservatives can’t make it through a single day without finding something to complain about. Sad existence.

        • peoplectr

          True, you libs HAVE made our existance sad with your ruining of this country

          • bashby47

            here here, well said and oh so true

        • TocksNedlog

          Wrong is wrong. And wrong is worth talking about even when it isn’t illegal.

      • vanguard7

        And yet another instance when is when “Hail to the Chief” is played but I digress….we are without a valid “Chief” for the next four years so we shouldn’t need to worry about that song being played. As for “Guest”, she obviously does not know near as much as she would like to believe and to top it off, she can’t spell correctly either……it’s “p-r-o-t-o-c-o-l” not “protocal” (unless you’re from Kalifornia. Then it might be “protokal.” Maybe she’s confusing our protocols with some other country’s protocol.


        oh,, and p.s. The only exception to the rules for the military is if the member is under arms (i.e. carrying a weapon for those who might not understand the term “under arms” when it comes to the military).

        • Frank_Lee

          You’re a whiny neocon moron and a fool if you believe that you are “without a valid Chief” for the next four years. No one cares what you Constitution-hating traitors have to say about anything.

      • Robbie C

        And it’s amazing how many people only care about such trivial things and have no clue on the rights Americans have. And they don’t exercise them or know them.

      • Frank_Lee

        Amazing that there is such a thing as a US Code for “rendering the hand-over-heart salute”. Flag worship: only in America.

    • Jumpeight

      bravo! thanks Shotzy. tradition suggests this but it is not mandatory. My quick survey in this room watching the game (all serious Patriots) is 15-0 who do not put their hand over their heart. Patriot hater trolls! It’s about wind chill 20 in Foxboro and Tom needs to protect his hands. Love ya Michelle but get a life!

    • http://www.facebook.com/kristen.lucius Kristen Sargent Lucius

      Well said! Thank you very much!

  • Mildred

    Another spoiled brat athlete who thinks he is above it all and not grateful for what he has. The national anthem is a tradition in professional sports. His sport is affording him the lifestyle he has. Tom Brady needs to respect that.

  • Joesph

    I am not sure you are supposed to put your hand over your heart unless you are military could be wrong

  • Matthew Marcus

    This is dumb.. Get over it.. you gonna call the kids standing behind Belichick “Uber-douches” as well? And this coming from someone who’s fought for this country…

    • 67falcon


  • Robert Varner

    Who do they think they are, the president?!

  • Cindy Wall

    Bunch of morans picking on NFL. Everybody is nervous and jitterier. Its Afc champs you goofs, andits freezing out. How dare you all judge like that! How frigen disrespectful you all are, judging someone like that. You Do Not have to put your hand over your heart. Duh! All were looking at the flag and standing as quietly as they could. Judge yourself on how hateful you all are.

    • waltzingmtilda

      Normally typos don’t bother me, but “moran” for “moron” is always worth pointing out.

      Trolling…you’re doing it wrong.

      • Snap N McGarrett

        Trolls, there a bunch of loosers. /sarcasm

    • TocksNedlog

      Who knew that there was a freezing point for patriotism?
      I blame Al Gore.

  • Charles

    Perhaps he’s just a dumb jock and thinks everyone else has heartburn. Makes millions in this free cou ntry but shows NO PATRIOTISM! LOSER!

  • Joe

    I think it is appropriate to simply stand quietly at attention during the national anthem. Hand over heart, albeit the most appropriate gesture for civilians, is not performed by many people. I don’t think it necessarily indicates lack of respect. Besides, it was cold and QBs need to keep their hands warm :)

  • http://www.jackiewellfonder.com/ Jackie Wellfonder

    If it’s too much effort for him to put his hand over his heart, he has a serious problem. How utterly disgusting and disappointing. From this Maryland girl, GO RAVENS!!!!!!!!

  • Pat Loudoun

    He’s a masshole. What do you expect?

  • http://www.facebook.com/SUPERHEAH1 Keith Barry

    i call BS..either do this article about ALL the athletes who dont put
    their hand on their heart (as in MOST of the 2 teams that played earlier
    today) or simply delete it..michelle..i respect you..but this is BIAS

    • waltzingmtilda

      I’m pretty sure Twitchy is about what people tweet, and people are tweeting about Tom Brady. Hence the article, no bias here.

  • http://www.facebook.com/emikegarcia E Mike Garcia

    You fake outrage is amazing

  • Elke E. Wilhelm

    Stop watching them, buying anything they endorse and don’t buy overpriced tickets to see them play.

  • http://www.facebook.com/SUPERHEAH1 Keith Barry

    call BS..either do this article about ALL the athletes who dont put
    their hand on their heart (as in MOST of the 2 teams that played earlier
    today) or simply delete it..michelle..i respect you..but this is BIAS

    • TocksNedlog

      Yeah, it’s “bias” against a team leader setting a poor example.

  • longhornblondie

    One might not NEED to place their hand over their heart but one should remain still, and respectful during the National Anthem, which too many do not. Ray Lewis on the other hand. . .showed a great deal of respect. . singing loudly every word and even appeared to come to tears. Just saying.

    • Robbie C

      And yet, a man’s family has no justice due to Ray Lewis’ actions. For him, he’s all a stunt. And a distraction from the negative event in his life.

      • itzyaboi95

        Sad he’s done with football. I know he wants his career to end with a Super Bowl win.

    • mark desantes

      good job Laurie.. I agree with you100%

  • athot

    This criticism is misguided. East coast people typically do not do the hand on heart thing. I never heard of it until moving from Connecticut to California, years ago. Check into it, you will see this is correct.

  • liz hasse

    And you’ll never hear, or read about this on ESPCN, (what I call that network) or the other stations showing today’s games. Thanks Michelle!

  • AaronHarrisinAlaska

    Who’s to say he wasn’t respecting the anthem? Because his hand wasn’t on his heart and he was standing relaxed? Ludicrous. The out rage you guys feel may be genuine but it’s also misplaced. Simply because he’s not “at attention” doesn’t mean he isn’t showing respect

  • kmacdoula

    Was trying for an Oscar like Ray Lewis’ “act” any better? Give me a break!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CQR6ETEM3LRDIH76AOCK7LXQVA Larry

    Why you people even watch these closet homosexuals play kiddy games is beyond me. The country is on fire.

    • Rabid

      You’ve probably never even played football…

  • Elaine

    Its OK not to put your hand over your heart during the National Anthem. Plus, he needs to keep his hands warm because he is the quarterback. His scowl could be because he’s patiently waiting for the game to begin.

  • MikeTX62

    Y’know, I agree that people should be more respectful during the playing of the National Anthem. However, I’m not so sure I have a problem with athletes who are about to participate in a competition not doing so. I’m reminded of auto races, particularly the Indianapolis 500 or Daytona 500, where the drivers are getting loaded into the cars and the crews are running around getting everything ready while the Anthem is being played. It’s the same with football players. While I’d like to see them stop for a moment, maybe they should play the Anthem sooner instead of right before the contest starts when the players are trying to get focused.

    • TocksNedlog

      Perhaps you can get Al Gore to finance your movie:
      “An Inconvenient Song”

  • Randy Clemens

    Sickening. Some d-bag gave me hell at my nephew’s hockey game last week because I saluted the flag during the national anthem. I am a veteran and it is proper etiquette for us to salute in civilian clothes and honor the colors in that fashion.

    • old fan


  • Sherry Peterson

    What can one expect from a league that celebrates a murderer like Ray Lewis?

  • ZoriahShepard

    I have a feeling most of those Tweeters who are calling out Brady for his supposed unPatriotness are probably the same people who are anti 2nd Amendment.

    • TocksNedlog

      Don’t trust your ‘feeling’ the next time you’re choosing lottery numbers.

  • CapeLady

    How do you even know this photo was taken during the national anthem? Brady is standing alone… he isn’t even with his teammates! And I don’t see anyone complaining that Bill Belichick doesn’t have his hand on his heart…

  • Fred Fumducker

    The NFL isn’t the only one that has problems with a lack of patriotism. There are NASCAR drivers, crew members, officials, media members, and team PR people who can’t be bothered to render the flag its proper respects during the National Anthem.

  • PapaStephenA

    Sorry Michele, I think you’re loosing me on this one. As someone who was brought up in the 50’s and 60’s, served in the military, and shows a great deal of respect for our flag, we were taught to face the flag and put your hand over your heart for the Pledge; stand, remove your hat, and face the flag during the National Anthem, unless in military uniform, then you stand, face the flag, and salute during the National Anthem. When did it become protocol for placing your hand over your heart during the National Anthem, because I evidently missed it? Now what did the other 105 players on the field do?

    • pepjrp

      It is the same protocol Stephen. Hand over your heart.

      United States Code, 36 U.S.C.
      § 301, states that during a rendition of the national anthem, when the flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart.

    • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

      Stephen, I’m the same demographic as you describe yourself. It’s what I was taught growing up. The hand over the heart is not for the anthem specifically, but when it is being sung or played, you should be facing the flag. The hand over heart is respect for the flag.

    • Semper Fi

      The US Code (Titles 4 and 36) specifies four circumstances for rendering the hand-over-heart salute:

      1. When the US flag is raised or lowered
      2. When the US flag is carried past in a review or parade
      3. When reciting the pledge of allegiance
      4. When the national anthem is played

    • old fan

      Stephen, are you aware that as former military you can salute during the playing of the National Anthem covered or uncovered?

    • TocksNedlog

      Nobody would expect you to salute the flag AND simultaneously place your hand over your heart.

  • Mike Mike

    WTF. that’s ridiculous

  • Ron Harper

    Never liked the PRICK!

    • Joe Ferro

      Like Brady gives a Crap what you think. Just watch the game and Brady will teach you a lesson. lmao :)

      • peoplectr

        LMAO…….well I watched…..lol How many turnovers did Brady have??????lol
        Great lesson, lol

      • TocksNedlog

        Hey, you were right!
        He taught me how to take the express route to the off-season.

      • lainer51

        that weinie can’t teach me sh**

  • $29561723

    What was murdering Ray Lewis doing? Oh yeah, sobbing and screaming….real Patriot. At least Brady isn’t an accessory to murder.

  • Joe Ferro

    Grow-up people ! But it’s OK to have a President (that most of YOU ) elected and NOT want a Bible to swear on ? Or … refuses to wear an American “FLAG-PIN” on his Suit Jacket. “Most People Don’t IMPRESS me.” Brady’s there t play BALL. Nothing else. You’d think he pissed on it or SOMETHING ? lol

    • TocksNedlog

      Are you saying that he doesn’t have to respect the flag because nobody is paying him to do it?

  • pen44

    Not very Patriot-ic….if Tom is so in satisfied by America, he move to his Baby Mama’s country, Brazil. Wonder why&when her family moved from Germany to Brazil, hmmmmm?

    • Michelle

      Is “in satisfied” anything like dissatisfied? Baby Mama? That’s usually a term for an unmarried mother. The mother of his children who is from Brazil is his wife. And really, what does where she’s from have anything to do with this conversation?

  • Joe Ferro

    I see at least 3 people (in that picture) who are doing te SAME thing.

    • TocksNedlog

      Good for you!
      But did you find Waldo?

  • TJ Warren

    This is funny that it is being made a big deal now. Most athletes dont put their hand on their heart. There are 4 acceptable ways to observe the National anthem. One is right hand over the heart, 2nd is saluting for military and former military personnel, 3rd is hands behind the back one hand holding the wrist of the other arm, and 4th is same as third but in front at waist level. The 4th is what Bill Belichick was doing. Tom Brady was not so much of a proper form of any of the 4 as his hands were in the hand warmer.

  • Jumpeight

    putting your hand over your heart-is a hazy tradition and definitely not required by etiquette. Tom Brady is a Patriot and the best QB evah. You Pats hater trolls find something of significance to write about – pla-eeze.#minutia #trivia MM-slow night?#GOPATS

    • TocksNedlog

      You definitely did not require yourself to do any research before commenting.

  • Teresa Kaestner

    I don’t put my hand on my heart either. ..I prefer to stand at attention and salute but I’ve seen numerous people in the stands who don’t remove headgear nor pur their hand over their heart.. does this make them any less patriotic than me? No it does not. I think there are more pressing things to worry about instead of a measly football player.

  • Joe Ferro

    Lewis was crying BEFORE the game started … just wait till Brady gets through w/ him AFTER the game. Hey RAY ——> NEXT STOP ? The Hall of Fame. But NOT N.O. lmao

    • wwbdinct

      Hahahahahahahahahahahah……. Oops!

  • John Searle

    I counted arund 50,000 others doing the same at this game..a non event here

  • J.N. Ashby

    I don’t see the problem. Sports aren’t about America. They’re about sports. That’s like how they HAVE to play “America the Beautiful” during the 7th inning stretch at Baseball games. I’ll defend my country against foreigners pontificating about it as much as the next guy, but enough already. It’s getting tedious.

    • TocksNedlog

      Nothing American about them; not even all of those Americans playing and watching them.

      • J.N. Ashby

        You mean like all those Dominicans and Nicaraguans and Cubans that play Baseball, or the handful of Japanese that play it? Or all the Europeans that play Basketball? Or all the Canadians and Russians that play Hockey? Or all the Europeans that play Soccer?

  • Ron Burke

    Well what do you expect from New England liberals no respect for our flag or country. Tom Brady is a prick.

  • Cordstreet

    Tom Brady is a chicken sh^t that hides behind refs so the big bad Ravens don’t hurt him. The next time he slides with his leg up, I hope somebody steps on his neck.

  • Vance

    I`m as respectful of the flag as anyone, but I don’t always put my hand over my hear, but I do stand at

  • Snap N McGarrett

    I have a question.

    How many of the Brady haters here actually got their asses off of the couch during the National Anthem?

    I thought so.

    • waltzingmtilda

      That’s an interesting question, though I don’t think i would have asked it that way. DH and I just had this discussion…a friend of his always stands when he hears the anthem on TV. Speaking for myself, sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t. At a live event I (of course) always stand, and always do the hand over the heart.

      And yep, I don’t like Tom Brady. He’s icky. :)

      • Snap N McGarrett

        So when people are watching, you observe the National Anthem in the traditional way. Got it.

        • waltzingmtilda

          Um…not what I meant at all, but thanks for taking it wrong! Just telling you honestly how I do it. Enjoy the game.

  • jay rod

    Any player with Anti American Behavior should be paid in rupees or mexican pesos!

  • Jesse Gonzalez

    I hope Brady has a bad peanut butter and jelly sandwich for lunch tomorrow. Bad crust and everything. He stinks I’m trying not to be too nasty in front of my kids.

  • lainer51

    why are pro athletes such jerks? Is it something in the water they squirt all over themselves..

  • lainer51

    why are pro athletes such jerks?

  • Guest

    Non issue.

    • TocksNedlog


  • patrick quinn

    c’mon…Brady’s ke
    eping his hands warm…he plays football…give him a break

    • TocksNedlog

      Dammit! If only we weren’t so limited by this primitive 21st Century technology, then someone could invent a pair of heated gloves that poor Tom could wear!

  • Tanker74

    Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem
    When reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, all present should stand at attention facing the flag with their right hand over their heart, with the exception of those in uniform who shall salute.
    When the national anthem is played or sung:
    Designation: The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
    Conduct During Playing: During a rendition of the national anthem:
    When the flag is displayed:[14]
    individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
    members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
    all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
    when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.

    There are still bigger things to worry about.

  • Snap N McGarrett

    “…and if you didn’t cry during the National Anthem like Ray Lewis, you aren’t a real ‘mercan”, said the super patriots. Patriotism is something you only do when people are watching, right?

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine

      No, not right. Sorry to burst your self-righteous bubble.

    • TocksNedlog

      The ONLY person who said that . . . is you.

      • Snap N McGarrett

        it’s called sarcasm. try to keep up,

  • http://twitter.com/soldierlady70 diana ketchum

    There is no protocol to place your hand over your heart for the National Anthem, the protocol is for the Pledge of Allegiance. Respect is to remove your cover while it is being played. ALthough he probably should have covered his heart, several players on both teams did not. This does not make them non Patriotic.

    • Dan Bernhardt

      Wrong. There is protocol.

    • TocksNedlog

      They had to pass that protocol in order for you to know what’s in it.

  • TJ Warren

    Hmmm I see my post earlier got deleted, lol. Guess if you have reasonable prospective you get deleted, lol.

  • patrick quinn

    c’mon Brady’s the quarterback…he plays football…he needs to keep his hands warm……this is over the top…he and Belichick are standing at attention….what do you want…tears?

    • TocksNedlog

      Yep. No possibility that Brady could have placed his hand over his heart while wearing gloves. No sir.

  • PatienceWright

    Our Freedoms and Liberties are the reason they have a freak’n job! Too proud is right

  • Teresa Kaestner

    And you can give me all the “thumbs down” all you want to. .I served my country. .I know the protocol for the National Anthem and placing my hand over my heart is not it. .. that is merely optional.. but you are to stop what u are doing and stand facing the flag, I simply choose to salute beings I served… but in uniform. .. you are to stop, face the direction of the flag (regardless if where you are at on post and salute. Some of you just look for things to moan about.

  • ldkennison

    Though I do not care for Brady at all, where is the rule that says one must have his hand over his heart during the National Anthem? However, it would be nice if he could just stand at attention with his hands out of his pockets.

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine

      There is no “rule” for it. There is no “rule” for it regarding the Pledge either. It’s tradition. As are many things we do.

    • TocksNedlog

      It’s not a “rule”, it’s a protocol — a federally designated sign of respect.

  • macisbest2

    When are we taught to put your hand over your heart for the national anthem?I am 61 and it was only a few years ago that I started to do that. Get real. When was the last time that a network or local TV at a sporting event did not run a commerciali during .that NA.I have no problem with people not putting their hand over their heart during the NA. I was just taught to stand during the NA.So be it.

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine

      I’m 41 and I’ve done it my entire life. Stand up, remove hats, right hand over heart, face the flag. Don’t remember ever NOT doing it. And I was born and raised in the Bay Area of California, which I’m sure most people would agree is generally not a great bastion of patriotism.

  • Ron Silianoff

    Stop whining people. We wait for someone to make a mistake and then we pounce on them, whining and judging. Get over it. And I am a Steeler fan!

  • Beau Nuerr

    Not that big of deal. I’m a vet-a war vet-and I don’t cover my heart as I stand at attention. I ask people to take their freaking hats off and ‘observe’.

  • DirkSmacker

    If the importance of your hands transcended all nationalities and borders for the next three hours or so, I hope you would do the same. Unless you weren’t on the Patriots and I’d be here bashing you right now!

  • LochGates44

    Belichick at least stood at attention. Brady couldn’t even stand still.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1083849832 Selena Lanovara-Scott

    i just dont think they know better if you saw theres alot of people that dont but im sure any one of military will

  • http://www.facebook.com/kristen.lucius Kristen Sargent Lucius

    Just so we’re clear. Proper etiquette for the Star Sprangled Banner is to stand at attention. You only put your hand on your heart for the Pledge of Allegiance because you are pledging. Just because everyone does it doesnt make it right.

    • Michelle


      • TocksNedlog


  • zengardener

    Nothing says America like a bunch of people bitching about what is and is not patriotic.

    • TocksNedlog

      The home of the brave, and the land of anything goes; just as the song says.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maliheh-Banoo/100001527498988 Maliheh Banoo

    apparently rush limbaugh is a fan of patriots http://www.sportsgrid.com/nfl/rush-limbaugh-picks-nose-super-bowl/

    • TocksNedlog

      Apparently you have a point to make, but you’re keeping it a secret for now.

    • wwbdinct

      He’s a Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

  • nc

    I don’t know if it’s where he put his hand so much as the general attitude of disrespect he seems to be displaying. I didn’t see it, I’m only going by the photo above, so I hope I’m wrong.

  • Smagma man

    Brady is GERMAN like his supermodel wife Giselle Bundgen

  • Jerry G

    Stop this stupidity!! You are aware that Ray Lewis, who cried during the SSB, was implicated in a murder, right? Who’s a better person? Come on.

    • TocksNedlog

      WHO is making comparisons? The question at hand is “Is what Tom Brady did acceptable?”

  • http://twitter.com/EarlyBird500 A. Truslow

    I don’t know…I think you all are overreacting. I’m no Brady fan, but I’m a patriotic American and where I grew up, we all held our hands over our hearts for the Pledge of Allegiance, but it wasn’t customary to do it for the National Anthem, although we did always sing it…

    • Michelle


  • Joshua Ross

    I appreciate that they then go on to call him ‘queer’ and ‘communist’ hah.

  • stuckinIL4now

    Can’t stand Tom Brady but this is nonsense. What I want to know is were these twidiots tweeting during that national anthem? I mean if you’re gonna point twitter fingers … Were they standing at attention, at home or wherever they were, with their hands over their hearts? Oh, and they didn’t specify, is it the “left” hand or the “right” hand that you use? Or do you choose based on your political affiliation in which case, which hand do independents use?

    • TocksNedlog

      Amazingly, ALL of those straw men had their right hands over their hearts.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1014411233 Jerry S Sangiamo

    He looked too choked up to hold his hand on his heart. After all he’s choking now!!!!! Ahahahahahahaha………

  • Paulnashtn

    I never put my hand over my heart but I DO stand at attention as do many others, standing in a slouch with hands in your pockets is simply disrespectful

  • Marsh626

    I don’t blame him. There’s nothing to be proud of as an American anymore. America is becoming North Mexico demographically and North Korea politically. Why should I support a country I no longer recognize?

    And heck, even most conservatives are trashy degenerates these days. As evidenced by the Palin family that so many American conservatives mindlessly worship. Sarah herself seems to have the hots for black basketaball players, Todd is a stay-at-home wife, their daughter is a whore and they chose to bring a down syndrome baby into the world in order to stay consistent with their anti-abortion extremism which wants to force rape victims to carry the seed of their rapists.

    Jesus Christ. Modern Americans – both Left and Right – are such a sick joke. I’m this close to moving back to Norway. I might hate their communist politics. But at least they aren’t a bunch of obese Rednecks and 3rd world mongoloids.

    • Guest

      I actually don’t disagree with this..

      • TocksNedlog

        Which is nothing to brag about.

    • http://www.GONINERS.com/ Kristine

      Feel free to move immediately. We don’t need any more ignorant, hateful racists here.

    • v1cious

      “Sarah herself seems to have the hots for black basketaball players”

      Good ole Twitchy,

    • TocksNedlog

      So, your point is that you think Tom Brady was intentionally disrespecting the flag, and of that you say ‘good for him!’? And you’re a racist, to boot?
      Thread winner!!!

  • Tim Newton


  • Michelle

    Am I the only person who doesn’t get upset when someone does’t put their hand over their heart during the National Anthem? During the Pledge of Allegiance, absolutely. It’s how we were raised and how it’s done. But while singing the National Anthem? We never did that in school (again, only for the Pledge of Allegiance). Just because it somehow became the popular thing to do, that doesn’t mean someone is being disrespectful if they don’t do it. This is nonsense.

    • TocksNedlog

      Was your last sentence referring to your previous sentences?
      ’cause it should have.

  • Snap N McGarrett

    I have a question.

    How many of the Brady haters here actually got their asses off of the couch during the National Anthem?

    I thought so.

    • lainer51

      what a STUPID question! Sounds like you would shine his **** er, shoes, if only you could get close enough.

      • Snap N McGarrett

        I’m quite indifferent to football, actually… Brady, too.

        Shining the light on hypocrites strikes yet another nerve.

  • detroit19

    Get off Tom Brady’s a$$. How do any of us know what it’s in his heart, not to mention that potus (lower case intentional) bows to foreign dignitaries, figuratively and literally, and Ray Lewis was suspected in the murder of his baby mama and their child. Color me,.,going to bed, hypocrites.

    • TocksNedlog

      And WHEN did one of Ray Lewis’s baby mamas get murdered?

  • v1cious

    *GASP* The barbarian!

  • peoplectr

    Good they’re gonna lose. Obama field soldiers both of them

  • Jess D. Brown

    I think Brady thought they were standing and putting their hands on their hearts for him. A case of Obamaitis.

  • Purple State

    It’s pretty ironic that there’s so much policing of one’s behavior during a song that ends with “the land of the free…” This story feels very “Big Brother.”

  • Garry Brashear

    you guys are idiots, this isnt the pledge of allegiance.

  • John Doormat

    LOW Effort for High Pay…..I use to say they were America’s Team….They are sinking out of site just like the NBA if you ask me…I can’t respect those that disrespect to what gives them the ability to have such a Great Life when it could so EZ to show respect to the rest of us Americans during the playing of our National Anthem…I’m done with the NFL… just like I am with the NBA….

  • Maria ODonnell

    No Patriots here – shame on them when so many of our men and women are fighting overseas and at home to allow them to play this game. But what else is expected of someone of the caliber of Brady – Bridget Moynihan need not say more.

  • Vikki

    Can’t believe there are some players who think they are too good to put their hand over their hearts during the National Anthem!

  • Conservaguy

    Brady and Billicheat are elitists. They feel they are above such things.

  • Perkiset

    This is beyond laughable. You’re supposed to put your hand over year heart when you PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE. The hand-over-heart thing during the national anthem is simply because people cluelessly don’t understand and think it’s more patriotic. Silliness.

  • Josh

    Hate to say it, i dont know why people bicker about something so small as this when I go to a football (US rules) and barely anyone knows the words to our own anthem. Heck, i know 2 verses by heart…most countries sing MULTIPLE verses and their citizens know them. we should stand with our buddies and sing the song of the country we should be proud of rather than worry if someone doesnt follow tradition.

    (plus, if the presidents and governors can lower the flag for anything when the flag code specifically says “Only the president of the United States or the Governor of the state may order the flag to be at half-staff to honor the death of a national or state figure. In addition to the traditional half-staff salutes, the Flag Code mentions the use of our Flag for honoring leading citizens such as Martin Luther King, Jr.”, then i think this should be forgotten as well)

  • bashby47

    this is the United States of today, way to much liberalism. What the hell is wrong with everyone these days

  • http://twitter.com/630web Ironhead 50

    Blind allegiance is idiotic. Perhaps he has a reason.

    • TocksNedlog

      It’s a wonder that anyone bothers to show respect to the flag, isn’t it?

  • http://twitter.com/630web Ironhead 50

    The dude behind him is either a mason, has upset stomach, or is Napoleon.

  • Dave Alcantara

    Both Brady and Belichick are self centered idiots who believe thier own press way to much

  • http://twitter.com/630web Ironhead 50

    Perhaps they are aware of the atrocities our great nation is responsible for.

    • TocksNedlog

      Yeah, that’s it.
      Good job — you got it on the first guess!

  • http://twitter.com/630web Ironhead 50

    my point is we only THINK we know why they didn’t “conform”. There are no excuses though right? Falling in line is more important right?

    • TocksNedlog

      Mutual and communal respect involves ‘conforming’ to a moral standard.

  • JAM

    You people are stupid… half those people in that picture don’t have there hand over there heart… why don’t you people call out and find out who the heck they are and post names all over the net… but you guys pick on brady and belichik… I always stand up during the National Anthem… even in my own home..but I don’t put my hand over my heart sometimes… I watch and sing with the song… or I close my eyes… but every time I hear that song I cry… but I don’t always put my hand over my heart… so quit being assholes.. This is America… and we have to right to listen to the National Anthem any way we choose. Right!!

    • TocksNedlog

      Including the right to respect the flag during the playing of the anthem. One could almost say that exercising THAT right is the right thing to do.

  • http://www.facebook.com/huwel Tim Huwel

    This is what you’re worried about? There’s a murderer on the other team!

  • Lisa

    Give these men a break. I’m sure they’re not unpatriotic. They were probably just distracted by thoughts of the game.

    • Superuser23

      That is a horrible excuse.

  • http://www.larrynocella.com Larry Nocella

    So sad so much alleged concern for the superficial. Do you know what Brady was thinking? Do you know if he supports any kind of charity? This is hilarious. I laugh as I leave you to wallow in your pointless anger. The man is still and silent. That’s showing respect. Period. Please forgive him if he doesn’t show respect in exactly the way you demand it be shown (like you know, the people standing behind him in the picture! Where’s your complaints about them? Oh they’re not celebrities.) It’s so funny you can’t distinguish between someone who puts on a show of respect versus genuine respect. You are hilarious and I love it. Keep up the good work.

    • TocksNedlog

      WTF does his support of charity have to do with the question of whether or not he respected the flag?

    • lainer51

      nothing like some good old fashioned slobbering and drooling over a “famous person”… what a sheeple.

  • Edward Tiegs

    Brady and Belichick have no hearts. They lie, cheat, steal and bribe to win.

  • MajorQ

    Hand over heart is for the pledge of allegiance. Standing quietly is appropriate for the anthem.

    • Roto

      >Standing quietly is appropriate for the anthem.<== Unless the flag is presented.

  • aircraftmech

    Disgraceful, arrogant jackoffs-all of them. One day their time will be up and then what will they have? Not a damn thing.

  • sdc63

    They got what they deserved in the game. Well done, Ravens!

  • Danny

    Freaking dicks. Show respect for ur nation Brady and Belichick

  • Dick Beninya

    Both brady and Bellicheat can hug a nut! Hand over your heart, you self absorbed sacks o shht!

    • TocksNedlog

      Brady was.

  • http://www.brandroofing.com/ Local Yocal

    yea that really pissed me off

  • BrentHerron100

    Tom Brady is going home to his Super Bowl trophies and supermodel wife. He doesn’t care what any of you think :)

  • Forest Blankenship

    Brady loses playing pocket pool, and disgracing himself.. He got powned by Ravens! Good day to die pretty boy! Get a soul and humble yourself!

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    I get the reaction of most folks to this, but I give it a solid…”meh”.

    Now Belichick…that man just looks evil. He may rescue puppies and orphans in the off season for all I know, but he looks like a Bond villain.

    Brady on the other hand? Love him or hate him, but ya can’t argue that he’s not a world class surgeon and 5 star general on the field. Pre-game on the sideline, sure, I would have liked to see him hand over heart. But, AFC Championship. So I can also see him during the National Anthem running through a hundred various plays and a a couple dozen various Ravens defensive line-ups/ pass coverages countering those plays all streaming through his noggin on something like a Mobius Loop.

    Then again, there’s Karma. Ray Lewis got choked up & emotional during the National Anthem. And Flacco? Ass kicking and bubblegum.

    Was obvious in the second half which one of those he was out of.

  • http://twitter.com/doktorb Líam

    This really, really doesn’t matter.

    If you want people to do exactly as you order – own a gun, hold their heart, pray to God, salute magpies – then you’re more authoritarian than the government you spend so long criticising.

    Not the first time – I’m proud not to be an American if this is the level of cuckoo-banana idiocy which passes for debate.

    • TocksNedlog

      And WHO is ‘ordering’ people to do something?

      • http://twitter.com/doktorb Líam

        All those who have tweeted above are implying that this person must comply or be labelled unpatriotic or worse. It’s paranoid nonsense.

        If he wants to stand stock still, he should be allowed to. I see no reason why he should be criticised for not putting his hand over his heart – there’s nothing here but hyperbolic hubris from an increasingly zealous right-wing.

        • SideTraKd

          He most certainly was “allowed to”. I didn’t see him getting arrested. Placing your hand on your heart during the national anthem is a sign of respect for our country. Failure to do so is a LACK of respect, and they both deserve criticism for it.

          We’re also proud that you aren’t an American…

          • http://twitter.com/doktorb Líam

            A person can show respect however they so wish.

            At a minute’s silence, you may or may not close your eyes, may or may not clasp your hands, may or may not lower your head.

            In the UK, you are free to make those choices. In the US, clearly you are not,.

    • OHNESA

      We are proud you are not an American Liam…we don’t care for bogan skippies

  • Forest Blankenship

    Turd for Heart lo9sses, thank you Raven’S!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Rick-Archer/100000283260502 Rick Archer

    Good reason for some one to get a salmon and slap him one.

  • vanguard7

    I’m thinking their losing the game might just be karma for being disrepectful to our flag and national anthem.

  • William Fuzi

    Looks like they lost. Karma must be a real patriot.

  • Walt Page

    Looks like his hand is over his hard.He was just confused.Too many concussions.

  • Gene Roberts

    Its hard to put a hand over your heart when you cant find it

  • gsmscooter22

    I don’t put my hand over my heart? It’s not REQUIRED, You’re just supposed to stand at attention people, which Brady and others were doing. Plus they are all on the sidelines getting ready to take the field(grab their helmets, gloves & receive last minute instructions) At least he didn’t put on fake performance and try to get attention like Ray Lewis DISGUSTING He should be in prison.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottianne.kondrackigunn Scotti Anne Kondracki-Gunn

    So after some extensive searching (since I was brought up by someone who served in our Nations Military and ALWAYS put my hand on my heart..) I found this on our Governments Website:
    Pertaining to conduct when The Nation Anthem is played.:

    Section 301–National Anthem
    Sec. 301. National anthem
    (a) Designation.–The composition consisting of the words and music
    known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
    (b) Conduct During Playing.–During a rendition of the national
    (1) when the flag is displayed–
    (A) all present except those in uniform should stand at
    attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart;
    (B) men not in uniform should remove their headdress with
    their right hand and hold the headdress at the left shoulder,
    the hand being over the heart; and
    (C) individuals in uniform should give the military salute
    at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until
    the last note; and

    (2) when the flag is not displayed, all present should face
    toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag
    were displayed.

    Are we done now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001688817584 David Ward

    What a bunch of whiners. Maybe if the word “God” were taken out of it. It’s hard to be proud of our country when it’s the “people” of our country, that put Obama in charge of it.

  • tommcl54

    Forget a fine. Give them 24 hours on the front line with the boys in Iraq, Afghanistan, and all over the world. The troops come home to unemployment checks and PTSD’s while those two clowns dine on caviar and live in mansions. It’s time for a reality check for those two. Maybe a few days visiting the wounded at Walter Reed would motivate them to bow their heads in thanks once in a while, and remember that to many they could, not are but could, be a role model.


    Might it have been in defiance or lack of respect for this scourge that is leading our country…in his defense…how can you respect it!?! As a former US Marine I fought for the right for people to think freely…HELL even president Mr. O doesn’t fully participate…www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fwog6E08CFU and YOU re-elected him.

  • willets2006

    That comes as a supprise to me from Tom anyway Belichick not a supprise Spoiled Brat.

  • Kay Klingman-Eckstein

    Hey, his hands were cold! Good enough reason! Oh yeah, they LOST the game too!! :o)

  • dizneegal

    You don’t have to put your hand over your heart for the national anthem!!! It’ the pledge allegiance!!!!!

  • Bob Mullikin

    Well, since NE lost (not that it would matter to me either way) I hope Mr Tom Brady chokes on a dick and dies in his sleep tonight.

  • cfb65

    Ha, and they lost to the Ravens. Karma’s a bitch :)

  • radicallyalyssa

    Growing up, I was told not to put my hand over my heart during any patriotic song because the hand over the heart meant pledging, as in the Pledge of Allegiance. When did this change? I grew up in a military environment, so I lived in base and went to school there.

  • touchdown tony

    It’s all OK . Karma won out. And Belichick sets a really poor example just like his QB. Glad they will be watching the Superbowl from their homes.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mrmyers77 Mike Myers

    My thought when I saw that Brady nor the coach showed respect for our National Anthem was “I hope you lose”

  • Mike Wasdin

    This is news? So what?

  • Cecil

    Take a look behind the coach; Americans as a whole has lost respect for our country. Bet they never wore the uniform.

  • william

    appreciate something. how about the Country that you live in which has given riches and fame pertaining to your efforts, while keeping you and your’s safe and comfortable.

  • Chris

    Brady AND Belichick are total douches plain and simple…Always have been and this proves it.

  • Stranded in Sonoma

    When I coached youth football, every player was instructed to hold their helmet in the crook of their left arm, mask facing forward, and to place their right hand over their heart, during the playing of the National Anthem. Some didn’t know the words, but by halfway through the season every player was singing or at least saying the lyrics while the song played. And I told them, “You do this whenever the National Anthem plays, not just for sporting events.”

  • mark desantes

    Stand tall with dignity is respect for the National Anthem. Placing your hand over your heart is personal and up to you.

  • sisdog

    National Anthem is not a PLEDGE. It is an anthem/ song. You do not have to put your hand over your heart. The person that sings never puts their hand over their heart. Unpatriotic? I think not.

  • disqus_JU1r1bOik9

    That’s one more reason this country needs to bring back the military draft. I don’t care who you are. If you disrespect the USA as far as I am concerned you were not brought up right and you are a disgrace.

  • http://twitter.com/SupermanFanCK Jordan Darnell

    Get a grip people.. I didn’t even notice that he didn’t do that, you weren’t out there trying to advance your team, from the loss you could tell he wasn’t thinking clearly…

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/B7M2QPPQ7EIXAFGYUGEI75G2OU J

    This is the single stupidest article I’ve ever seen. You people are getting too ridiculous to even satirize.

  • datou1

    Preznit McDowngrade doesn’t do it either…

  • Frank_Lee

    OMG he didn’t put his hand over his heart?!? OMG! The world is ending because Tom Brady didn’t put his hand over his heart! OMG! This is worse than the Holocaust!