New Orleans Saints quaterback Drew Brees issued an apology Thursday after making insensitive comments in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
What We Know:
- When Brees was asked for his opinion about players kneeling to protest police brutality once the NFL season begins this fall, Brees said he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag”.
- “And is everything right with our country right now? No, it’s not,” Brees said in the interview. “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.”
- Brees said respecting the US national anthem is not just about showing respect to the military, but also to anyone who sacrificed for this country, including those in the civil rights movement.
- After his comments, the sports world and all the fans blew up social media bashing the 2010 superbowl champ. Saints linebacker Demario Davis spoke to CNN about Brees comments.
JUST NOW: "For him to admit that he was wrong.. I think that is leadership at its finest."
— Alli Hedges Maser (@AllisonLHedges) June 4, 2020
- In an Instagram post Thursday, Brees said he was apologizing to his friends, teammates, New Orleans, the black community, the NFL community and “anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday”.
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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.
- During an hourlong virtual team meeting Thursday, Brees addressed his teammates and apologized again to them, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports.
A veteran spoke to a Colin Kaepernick and they agreed that kneeling during the national anthem is the most respectful form of protest that he could do.