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Brees says “we have to end this lockout”

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who has been at the front lines of the media phase of the lockout even if not consistently at the bargaining table, has offered from time to time some potentially inflammatory comments.  But Brees now recognizes progress finally is being made — and he wants to see more of it.

I am the eternal optimist,” Brees recently told WWL radio in New Orleans, via SportsRadioInterviews.com.  “I know that there has been progress made in regards to the discussions that have been taking place both last week and this week in Chicago and New York respectively.  Those discussions are ongoing.  There’s a lot of issues to get through, but I think that’s something that both sides really want, certainly us as players to not miss anytime.  We want to get to training camp on time and we want to play games on time.”

Of course, Brees couldn’t completely resist taking a mild shot at the owners.

“We were not the ones who instituted the lockout,” Brees said.  “We were the ones who were forced to be locked out, to not have the opportunity to train, and to be at our facilities with our coaches. We very much want to be able to play and I think the big thing that is right in front of us is let’s end this lockout.  We have to end this lockout.  It’s in court right now and we, as players, don’t want this lockout.  We want this lockout to be over so we can play and then we can continue discussions for as long as it takes, but while we’re continuing those discussions we’re at least playing football and not taking anything away from the fans.”

Though the league surely won’t be ending the lockout without a new labor deal (absent a court order instructing the league to end the lockout), we’ll continue to be optimistic that a new labor deal is coming, at some point between late June and the middle of July.

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  1. jagmania65 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:14 PM

    “We were not the ones who instituted the lockout,” Brees said.

    No, you’re just the ones who got up and walked away from the bargaining table…

  2. brownsfn says: Jun 9, 2011 10:18 PM

    I used to be a fan of Breese before his ignorance became apparent while opening his mouth during this offseason…now he can just GO AWAY….

  3. trbowman says: Jun 9, 2011 10:18 PM

    “Though the league surely won’t be ending the lockout without a new labor deal ”

    0% chance they end the lockout without a deal. Whole season will be cancelled before that happens.

  4. msclemons67 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:19 PM

    No mention of ending your lawsuit Brees? Why would any employer want to pay employees to sue?

    This is a two-way street; I wish both sides would quit trying to say the other guy is 100% to blame.

  5. stoutfiles says: Jun 9, 2011 10:21 PM

    “let’s end this lockout.”
    “We have to end this lockout.”
    “we, as players, don’t want this lockout. ”
    “We want this lockout to be over”

    So, I’m getting the feeling you want to end the lockout?

  6. kusheadpotman says: Jun 9, 2011 10:22 PM

    Maybe we’ll get a nice 4th of July present

  7. sportsandtv says: Jun 9, 2011 10:23 PM

    Isn’t Brees forgetting to say that the players started to file lawsuits before the owners locked out the players? That is when talks really broke down.

  8. southridge23 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:25 PM

    I’ve haven’t gone from loving to hating a player this bad since Vick/dog fighting…

    This child needs to give up the “they started it” s*** and shut the f up.

  9. geo1113 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:25 PM

    That’s right, Drew. Blame the other guy. I lost respect for Brees. He acts like the players had nothing to do with this situation.

  10. rcunningham says: Jun 9, 2011 10:30 PM

    Man, I hate Drew Brees. And it’s not just because I’m a Vikings fan. He’s a great player but his Golden Boy stature just aggravates me. At least Rodgers has some attitude.

    That whole statement probably sounded dumb but I hope some get what I’m trying to say.

  11. goawayeverybody says: Jun 9, 2011 10:33 PM

    Drew Brees is right as usual.

    Brees/Brady 2020

  12. footballphan says: Jun 9, 2011 10:34 PM

    Just when the inflammatory comments finally were starting to cease!!

    Dear Drew Brees–you’re a great QB, but please don’t rock the boat and blow any progress being made!! Thank you.

  13. bearskoolaid1985 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:35 PM

    Brees should shut up and stop this crap for if the players didn’t decertify they would not have been locked out
    WHAT A MORON

  14. whatsafairway says: Jun 9, 2011 10:35 PM

    “We were not the ones who instituted the lockout,” Brees said.

    No, you’re the ones that voted last October to decertify so you could sue the moment the CBA ended.

    You’re the ones that wouldn’t offer counter proposals so you could drag this thing through the courts.

    You’re the ones that wanted to hide behind lawyers instead of manning up, taking care of business and negotiating.

    It’s that us against them mentality that shows your true colors while you’re trying to sell to the fans what great partners you are…

  15. sagnam says: Jun 9, 2011 10:39 PM

    “We were not the ones who instituted the lockout,” Brees said. “We were the ones who were forced to be locked out”

    Which is stupid. It’s becoming clearer that the player forced the owners hand to a lockout hoping to win in court to get more leverage. Kraft could easily respond with, “We were not the ones who decertified,” Kraft said. “We were the ones who were forced to lock out the players, to not have the opportunity to train our players, and to have our players at our facilities with our coaches. We very much want the league year to start and I think the big thing that is right in front of us is let’s end this lockout. We have to end this lockout. It’s in court right now and we, as owners, don’t want this lockout. We want this lockout to be over so we can start the league year so let’s continue discussions for as long as it takes, but let’s take those discussions seriously now so we will not take anything away from the fans.”

  16. tommyf15 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:40 PM

    Cue to mindless-zombie “THEN NEGOTIATE INSTEAD OF LITIGATE!!!” posts in 4…3…2….

    And I object to the claim that Brees is taking a “shot” at the owners. Everything he said is 100% accurate, and I think it’s important to let the fans know that the lockout is the OWNER’S responsibility, not the players.

  17. willycents says: Jun 9, 2011 10:41 PM

    As Brees said…”It’s in court right now…..”

    Three guesses who put it in court? Mr. Brees should know that one first hand, IMAO.

  18. wigwam101 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:42 PM

    Please zip it, Mr. Brees.

  19. firethorn1001 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:43 PM

    Just can’t shut the hole under your nose can you Drew?

  20. gregski79 says: Jun 9, 2011 10:52 PM

    I used to have more respect for Drew Brees up to around March of 2011

  21. duece5 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:02 PM

    Gee, Drew…thanks, Mr. Master of the Obvious!!!

  22. tommyf15 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:13 PM

    gregski79 says:
    I used to have more respect for Drew Brees up to around March of 2011

    I have more respect for Brees than ever.

    Of course, some folks would rather pull up their skirts and let management have their way with them, and disrespect those that fight back.

  23. saints25 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:23 PM

    Plz,Drew ,remember NFLPA tried to block the lockout!!!!!!!!!!!!! by decert,so it tells me the “NFLPA knew they were going to get “LOCKOUT!!!!”..NFLPA an the Owners,both are at Fault….So let the past couple of months go,or youll never get a deal done!!!!

  24. joemcrugby says: Jun 9, 2011 11:31 PM

    You are correct, Drew. “You” didn’t institute the lockout.

    However, “you” walked away from the negotiating table with a proposal in front of you and an offer to continue negotations. “You” then dropped the nuclear bomb by filing the antitrust litigation, putting the owners in a position where they risked treble damages for implementing the slightest mechanism to keep the competitive balance of the league in order, thereby driving them to “lock you out”.

    “You” were looking to win in court. Now that it’s obvious that “you” aren’t going to win in court without missing out on the entire 2011 season at a minimum, “you” bargain while keeping the De-driven rhetoric in high gear.

    Just like with the lawyers, they need to put a muzzle on Brees. It ain’t helping a bit.

  25. tommyf15 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:35 PM

    geo1113 says:
    That’s right, Drew. Blame the other guy. I lost respect for Brees. He acts like the players had nothing to do with this situation.

    The owners had complete and total control on whether or not they’d institute a lockout.

    Grow up and understand that.

  26. finfan49 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:46 PM

    sagnam is on the spot right, hey drew you are the ones who voted to go ” to war ” by your vote for your leader,i feel like every family of 4 in N.O. has 400.00 -500.00 should not be a problemo oh new CBA 800-900

  27. kom2k10 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:49 PM

    I don’t understand the “we just want to play football” comments…

    If they really JUST want to play football, then they would have signed the contract that the owners offered which seemed pretty reasonable. Instead they keep rejecting contracts, not counteroffering, and keep claiming they JUST want to play football…

    Whatta load of B.S.

  28. killxswitch says: Jun 9, 2011 11:52 PM

    Didn’t the owners present the proposal just hours before the CBA expiration deadline? If the players hadn’t decertified when they did they would’ve been unable to decertify at all for a long time (6 months?). And the owners would’ve had a massive upper hand, with a lockout, an expired CBA, and a captive NFLPA.

    Which is probably what the owner shills on this site wanted to happen. But don’t try to frame it like the players had all this time to consider and respond to the offer, but instead decertified just so they could sue. That is revisionist history. The owners waited til the last minute to try to force the players into missing the deadline. At least that is how I remember it.

  29. descendency says: Jun 9, 2011 11:56 PM

    If the players reform the union, the lockout would end.

    So, if they really want to play in 2011, the answer is simple.

  30. cornellsteelers says: Jun 9, 2011 11:59 PM

    I guess that’s the purpose of your lawsuit, isn’t it Drew? Because lawyers always speed things up.

  31. duanethomas says: Jun 10, 2011 12:02 AM

    When Drew Brees orders a pizza who pays? Now you see the whole labor problem and why the owners are idiots.

  32. veraky says: Jun 10, 2011 12:18 AM

    tommyf15,

    The union/players decertified and then the owners locked them out. As much as you may like to believe that only one side is at fault here, that’s not the case. While ending the lockout may get the players back on the field it does nothing for the future of the sport until a fair CBA can be agreed upon by both sides. If you can’t understand that then you are either a) a player or b) retarded.

  33. mick730 says: Jun 10, 2011 12:23 AM

    Tommyf15, please drop the Samuel Gompers routine. It’s like 150 years out of date.

  34. nflfan101 says: Jun 10, 2011 12:24 AM

    Brees said: “We want this lockout to be over so we can play and then we can continue discussions for as long as it takes …”
    ——————————————-

    Hey Drew, you and D. Smith walked out of CBA negotiations in March and the only reason you are talking (not negotiating) now is because of the lockout which occurred AFTER YOU FILED SUIT.

    Stop acting like a spoiled kid and get D. Smith and yourself into real negotiations. Ops, I forgot, you are a spoiled kid.

  35. jgranata81 says: Jun 10, 2011 12:43 AM

    tommyf15 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:35 PM
    The owners had complete and total control on whether or not they’d institute a lockout.
    Grow up and understand that.

    Ok so lets play a little game here. You are one of the Owners of the NFL. The players have just decertified their union and sued you in Federal Court for Anti-Trust violations you:

    A. Open the league year with 2010 rules which violate anti-trust laws and open yourself up for Treble damages to the players.

    B. Open the league year with no rules at all and allow a free for all circus to ensue. The low revenue teams and the teams not willing to spend money on the top teir players all lose out, lose fans, lose revenue and disband. The teams (12) that can afford the top teir players win every year and there goes the NFL Competitive balance.

    C. Lock the players out until a deal is reached therefore you save yourself treble damages, and maintain the competitive balance which brought over $9B in annual revenue.

    Gee I think the answer there is pretty darn obvious but then again you might not be that smart.

    When the players decertified the labor laws became null and void in the terms of the NFL. The Anti-trust laws came into affect. If the league started the league year with 2010 rules they would have been in violation of anti-trust laws and would have had to pay the players triple damages, meaning their entire 2011 season times 3. But if your an owners of course you are OK with that aren’t you?

  36. cgarsmoker says: Jun 10, 2011 12:49 AM

    Drew Brees has become one of the players I no longer respect. Things are going along fine in negotiations and he simply can resist running his pie hole by trying to act like the owner are the only ones at fault. If he worked as hard to get a deal done as he does playing the blame game, this nightmare would already be behind us.

    Show a little accountability Drew….the players contributed to this mess just as much as the owners.

  37. goawayeverybody says: Jun 10, 2011 1:00 AM

    People here are flaming retards. The players decertified because the lockout was coming.

  38. FinFan68 says: Jun 10, 2011 1:16 AM

    tommyf15 says:
    Jun 9, 2011 11:35 PM
    geo1113 says:
    That’s right, Drew. Blame the other guy. I lost respect for Brees. He acts like the players had nothing to do with this situation.

    The owners had complete and total control on whether or not they’d institute a lockout.

    Grow up and understand that.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~
    Your blind allegiance to the players’ side is laughable. Both sides are at fault. Both sides could have stopped the madness. Any legitimate point you may have tried to make was undermined by your statement: “Of course, some folks would rather pull up their skirts and let management have their way with them, and disrespect those that fight back.” You have made some intelligent statements that favor the players’ side but these are not among them. This is nowhere near the “typical” management vs. labor strife. geo1113′s statement was correct and places blame on both sides. Your statement about the owners controlling the choice to lockout although technically accurate (the players don’t have the ability to “lockout”–that would be a strike) is woefully shallow and onesided. The players had complete control on whether they “decertified” and sued the NFL on anti-trust grounds in a fabricated operating environment. Absent the decertification, both sides negotiating in good faith would have prevented any lockout and subsequent issues that followed.

  39. ilovefoolsball says: Jun 10, 2011 2:42 AM

    shut up you stupid bandwagon fans!
    You know NOTHING about what is going on.
    Quit acting like you’re in the room or you have any idea what the hell is going on because YOU DON’T!

    Go back to your cubicles or your xbox and stop acting like you’ve “lost all respect for Drew Greed” you all sound like a bunch of whiny parrots repeating what each other say.

    Is there no original thought anymore or are humans only taught to read and recite??

  40. nflpasux says: Jun 10, 2011 3:44 AM

    What a schmuck. Brees is coming off as the dumbest NFL QB since Terry Bradshaw. Does he think the fans are naive?

    I’m going to delete the screensaver of this idiot holding his kid after the SB win. Doesn’t deserve the storage space on my PC.

  41. beretta96d says: Jun 10, 2011 3:57 AM

    i notice everyone is quick to jump on the players here for dercertifying, walking away from the table etc…

    Let’s not forget who truly started the ball rolling….OWNERS OPTED OUT!

    Profits at an all time high and they chose to start this mess because of greed.

    If you want to lay blame, start with your employers……i mean the owners!

  42. eagleswin says: Jun 10, 2011 6:52 AM

    tommyf15 says:Jun 9, 2011 11:35 PM

    geo1113 says:
    That’s right, Drew. Blame the other guy. I lost respect for Brees. He acts like the players had nothing to do with this situation.

    The owners had complete and total control on whether or not they’d institute a lockout.

    Grow up and understand that.

    ——————————–

    You are either intentionally misrepresenting the situation or you are incapable of understanding it. Why should the owners lift the lockout while the players are suing them?

    Yes, the owners can lift the lockout. The players can also recertify, drop the lawsuit, and negotiate as a union.

    Absent a new CBA (and while the antitrust lawsuit is going on) the owners are better off, for several reasons, locking out the players.

  43. vahawker says: Jun 10, 2011 7:11 AM

    tommy…despite your inability to recognize it….life doesn’t happen in a vacuum. The player’s actions forced the owner’s actions.

    The players had total control on whether or not they’d decertify and walk away from negotiations with an offer on the table that could be used as the basis for negotiations. They opted not to man up and negotiate and instead ran to court under the “leadership” of DeMoron thus forcing the owner’s hand.

    Grow up and understand that.

  44. twitter:Chapman_Jamie says: Jun 10, 2011 7:15 AM

    tommyf15 says: Jun 9, 2011 11:35 PM

    geo1113 says:
    That’s right, Drew. Blame the other guy. I lost respect for Brees. He acts like the players had nothing to do with this situation.

    The owners had complete and total control on whether or not they’d institute a lockout.

    Grow up and understand that.
    —————————————————–

    And the players had complete and total control of walking away from the negotiating table.

    Grow up and understand that.

  45. ejmat2 says: Jun 10, 2011 7:29 AM

    What’s funny is he throws blame toward the owners when all along it was the players that bitched about splitting $9B revenues. So for millionaires to be crying over a couple hundred thousand dollars to me is ridiculous. If you can’t afford decent health insurance with the money you make than that’s your bad. I afford it and I make much less.

    The players just need to forget about this revenue share BS. The owners (as greety as they are) are the ones that deserve it because they were the ones that shelled out the cash (their investment) in the first place. When the players start forking out dough on the team then they can talk. Until then, STFU and play football.

  46. tundey says: Jun 10, 2011 7:35 AM

    With every comment Brees makes, I hate him just a little bit more.

  47. orbearider66 says: Jun 10, 2011 7:36 AM

    This guy is a colossal douche. I wish he’d just go self-copulate.

  48. geo1113 says: Jun 10, 2011 7:48 AM

    @tommyf15,

    I get a good laugh when a petulant child tells an adult to grow up. Thank you for the laugh.

  49. chmba says: Jun 10, 2011 8:11 AM

    Brees needs to shut his mouth and work on the fact that his performance fell off next year. Saints need to be more worried about finding his replacement than keeping him; maybe they can trade him for the 1st pick in next draft. For older fans, remember Joe Kapp and his gum-flapping antagonism of management years ago. Brees, Peyton, Brady, et al want to turn the NFL into the NBA or MLB with a very few dominant teams of filthy rich players and a bunch of also rans!

    Long time Saints fan and and ORIGINAL Saints season ticket holder

  50. drkknght2000 says: Jun 10, 2011 8:11 AM

    Guess someone is realize their money isn’t going to last forever. I am not saying the owners are right and the players are wrong, but this guy should shut up. Just when the fire is dying down some idiot has to come over with a can of gasoline. The players will never win, in their arguments the owners have more money! They can survive without longer than the players, they have invested their money unlike the spoiled athlete that wastes their money on frivolous things. Yes, this will hurt the smaller owners but at the least they are united. The players aren’t, I hope they can’t form a union after this. What they did by de-certifying is illegal. They are just ruining the best run sport in this country, both of them!

  51. vtsquirm says: Jun 10, 2011 8:25 AM

    NFL: Ok we were making progress with our talks until Drew Brees stuck his two cents in and ruffled some feathers. So we’re going to allow all the players except Drew Brees to come back to work.

    Smith: Ok that sounds fair, he keeps taking money out of my wallet to buy gas for his Benz. He’s driving me nuts and i can’t concentrate on these negotiations.

  52. greenbaypackerbacker says: Jun 10, 2011 9:12 AM

    This guy cracks me up… how immature can a pro like Brees really be? I assumed he would be more of a leader….. guess not.

    if progress is going good why would you start slinging mud again????

    Your asking the owners to end the lockout without an agreement what are you going to give before the agreement is in place?

    Love how its a give give give give give to the players deal.

  53. garyman1 says: Jun 10, 2011 9:14 AM

    Drew….quit playing the victim…most of us are not buying it. You guys made a conscious decision to de-certify so each of you can negotiate whatever contract you like. If you RE-certify right after all this is over, that will prove what a sham that whole process was.

  54. comeonnowguys says: Jun 10, 2011 9:26 AM

    If you think one side is to blame for this mess, you’re half right.

  55. dukemarc says: Jun 10, 2011 9:58 AM

    Drew that best way you can help the situation is by shutting the F up!

    It would be interesting to know what’s happened to this loudmouth’s Q Score since he decided he was the end all, be all of labor negotiators.

  56. greenbaypackerbacker says: Jun 10, 2011 10:58 AM

    This all could be solved much quicker if Drew Brees would shut his trap….!!!!!!!!!!

    Everytime he opens his mouth something negative happens.

  57. copman40 says: Jun 10, 2011 11:41 AM

    The players walked away from the negotiation table and then they decided to decertify and then cried victim because they had nothing to do with the lockout. Brees is a complete idiot. Shut-up man

  58. diehardsaintsfan says: Jun 10, 2011 11:52 AM

    Maybe he will stop answering questions if the media stopped asking him the questions……At least he is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. He’s a hell of a leader and Im glad he’s our QB….WHO DAT!! DREW DAT!!!

  59. ejmat2 says: Jun 10, 2011 12:49 PM

    diehardsaintsfan says:
    Jun 10, 2011 11:52 AM
    Maybe he will stop answering questions if the media stopped asking him the questions……At least he is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. He’s a hell of a leader and Im glad he’s our QB….WHO DAT!! DREW DAT!!!
    ——————————————————-
    I can agree with you as to the level of QB Brees is. He’s a hell of a football player. However, if he wants the media to stop asking him questions all he has to do is stop answering questions. Believe me, they will get the hint eventually. Brees is as much at fault as is the media. The media’s job is to ask questions and get reports. Therefore to ask them to stop asking him is asking them not to do their jobs. Not going to happen. Brees just needs to shut up in this circumstance and the NFL and the (what used to be) NFLPA negotiate some agreement. Players slinging insults isn’t helping the matters at all.

  60. jebdamone says: Jun 10, 2011 2:38 PM

    i don’t understand why more players haven’t been coming out and saying things like this all along.

  61. jimeejohnson says: Jun 10, 2011 8:09 PM

    Typical useful idiot comments by those who are shills for the rich and powerful. The owners are a bunch of greedy billionaires taking advantage of the workers, I mean players. Useful idiots are dumbing down America.

  62. backindasaddle says: Jun 10, 2011 9:13 PM

    Brees says: “We have to end this lockout”.

    OK Drew…sign the contract and resume making millions of dollars.

  63. ejmat2 says: Jun 11, 2011 1:09 PM

    jimeejohnson says:
    Jun 10, 2011 8:09 PM
    Typical useful idiot comments by those who are shills for the rich and powerful. The owners are a bunch of greedy billionaires taking advantage of the workers, I mean players. Useful idiots are dumbing down America.
    ————————————————–
    Really? Idiot comments? Why don’t you elaborate then? Tell us how the players are so right about this. The owners (as greedy as they are) do not have any responsibility to share THEIR revenues. NONE! If the players are so worry about putting their “lives on the line” then go find another job where they make a normal salary. Let them ask to revenue share with the company I work for and see what happens. Also, if they don’t make enough money to get decent health insurance who’s fault is that? The owners? NOT! I make much less than your average football player does and guess what, I have health insurance. Enough said!

  64. binkee says: Jun 11, 2011 4:24 PM

    The reason the NFL is in court is because of
    Brees, Brady and Manning, filing their lawsuit
    Brees is speaking with a forked tongue, after
    the NFLPA walked away from the bargaining
    table and disbanded that”s when the lockout
    went into place. The players were no longer
    under contract, therefore they had no insurance
    What if they were allowed to use the teams
    facilities and got injured, who would be
    responsible.

  65. breeshasabush says: Jun 13, 2011 9:56 AM

    any one who sits there and blames Brees for the lockout or even blames on side over the other doesn’t know the first thing about the labor situation. Both sides are right and both sides are wrong and you cannot blame one person Brees, Goddell, DeMaurice Smith, Jerry Jones (although I wish it could be blammed on Jerry), etc… Some of the people who sit here and Bash Brees are patriots fans and Colt Fans, not fully understanding that Manning and Brady have done the exact same thing as Brees. The only difference is that Brees was given the role as mouth piece for the players because of his affinity and education of politics. If anything you people should be happy its Brees out there talking for the players and not some one of the mind capacity of Terrell Owens. Either way you cannot Blame one guy for this problem and if you do, MOST of you are hypocrites because if you were in the same situation you’d probably be doing the same thing (not letting the owners dictate how money is divided and as an owner not letting the players tell you how to run your business).

  66. 808raiderinparadise says: Jun 15, 2011 8:51 PM

    Drew should put together a simple power point for us. I am VERY curious as to what HE thinks would end this lockout … when I am sitting here wondering how his comments are one of the boldest of the players, possibly he is prolonging the lockout, the “brady” suit it is called, noticed Tom hasn’t said a thing hmmmmmmm the only players talking/complaining are Brees and Cromartie. Bad PR drew, if I were him I would look out for the late hits in the pocket this year.

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