As to be expected Drew Brees apologizes for his apologizes!
New Orleans Saints veteran quarterback Drew Brees has issued an apology one day after comments he made about protesting during the national anthem.
Brees acknowledged in the apology that his comments were “insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.
During an interview Wednesday with Yahoo Finance that comes amid recent protests brought about by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Brees stood firm on Wednesday to his position that kneeling during the national anthem constitutes disrespect to both the American flag and the United States, an issue that has received renewed attention in the wake of widespread protests over police killings of black Americans.
Brees, when asked during the Yahoo interview about kneeling during the anthem, mentioned his grandfathers’ service in the military.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said on June 3 in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “… Is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go.
“But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
The interview question stemmed from the belief that the NFL will see more players protesting police brutality and systemic racism in 2020 during the anthem.
Brees’ comments drew significant backlash on social media and his name as well as “Damn Drew” became trending topics on Twitter.
Several of Brees’ current and former teammates — including safety Malcolm Jenkins, defensive end Cameron Jordan, wide receiver Michael Thomas, wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, running back Alvin Kamara, cornerback Marshon Lattimore, safety C.J. Gardner-Johnson, former wide receiver Marques Colston — all spoke out on social media on that Thursday with posts of their own or shared posts from others that condemned Brees’ stance.
Their collective point: protesting during the national anthem isn’t inherently anti-patriotic. The kneeling protests started by former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in 2016 had nothing to do with the flag or the anthem, but rather to shine a light onto police brutality and systemic oppression in America.
Four years later — in the wake of the killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor at the hands of police — the country demands action again. Protest efforts have spread like wildfire around America and into different countries, calling for justice and sweeping police reform.
Several players in the NFL and NBA openly took issue with Brees’ stance, including LeBron James, Pelicans forward Josh Hart, former LSU-turned-Chiefs safety Tyrann Mathieu, 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs, Patriots defensive backs Jason and Devin McCourty, former LSU-turned-Jets safety Jamal Adams, Eagles cornerback Darius Slay, Lions linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin, former Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin and others.
This is a developing story.