For some New England Patriots fans, rooting for their favorite team this season has come with some complications.
Just because they believe Tom Brady is the G.O.A.T. — and he showed it in Sunday's Super Bowl victory — doesn’t necessarily mean those same fans approve of his friendship with President Donald Trump. It also doesn't mean they want to be associated with other Patriots supporters whose political views they do not share.
So to ensure their cheers came with a clear conscience, Pats fans donated thousands of dollars to service organizations like the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and the Center for American Islamic Relations for every touchdown or individual point the Patriots scored.
So far, fans have contributed more than $20,000 to good causes.
Emma Sandoe, a doctoral student at Harvard, is one of those ambivalent fans.
Ahead of Super Bowl LI, she and her friend Josh Gondelman, a Bay State-born comedian and writer for HBO's "Last Week Tonight with John Oliver," had an idea.
“He and I were talking about how we have so many conflicted feelings about the game, because of the political polarization happening with the Pats,” Sandoe said. “Then we agreed we should do something and he was thinking about donating. We came up with the hashtag … and just started tweeting about it.”