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Brees says he wants no “special perks”

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Earlier tonight, Saints quarterback Drew Brees provided a vague denial of multiple media reports that he is seeking special treatment for Brees and at least three of the other named plaintiffs in the Tom Brady class action.

“I hesitate to even dignify the false media reports with a response,” Brees said on Twitter, “but obviously they are leading people astray.”

We wanted something more specific.  So we suggested this:  “I want no special treatment.  This was never about me.  This is about all players, past, present, and future.”

And Brees was listening.  Or it was simply one hell of a coincidence.

I want no special perks,” Brees posted on Twitter after our story was published.  “My job is to get a fair deal for all players, and I am proud to represent them all – past, present and future.”

Brees added some stuff for which we didn’t provide a rough draft:  “All media claims about me wanting a personal reward for this deal are false.  I hope you all know me better than that.”

But this is a bus Brees wasn’t driving.  As we initially heard it, CAA was pushing the issue for Brees and Colts quarterback Peyton Manning.  We subsequently were told that NFLPA* outside lawyer Jeffrey Kessler spent (or, as one source put it, “wasted”) hours during the week of June 27 arguing that Brees and Manning should receive special treatment.

Now that Brees has said he doesn’t want special treatment, here’s hoping that CAA and Kessler quit trying to get it for him.  Let’s also hope that the other three guys (Manning, Logan Mankins, and Vincent Jackson) do the same thing.

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48 Responses to “Brees says he wants no “special perks””
  1. rambo08 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:14 PM

    So I take it Drew Brees reads PFT?

  2. hatethislockout33 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:14 PM

    Vincent Jackson has tweeted that he has made no demands and all he wants is to play football. Can this finally be over?

  3. raiduhdude says: Jul 19, 2011 10:15 PM

    Well stop worrying about your franchise tag and GET OVAH IT!

  4. brownsfn says: Jul 19, 2011 10:15 PM

    Drew Breese, You sir are a LIAR…

    Signed,

    Anybody with half a brain…

  5. vbe2 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:16 PM

    Drew, if you’re reading this we all think you’re an idiot that needs to just keep your mouth shut and play the damn game that you get paid Million$ to play.

    People in this country are suffering and unemployed and you cry over making million$.

    Calling you a “Douchbag” is being kind to you.

    STFU and play the damn game!

  6. theysone says: Jul 19, 2011 10:16 PM

    No worries, we believe you, Douche Brees!

  7. nortonfest says: Jul 19, 2011 10:19 PM

    Good to hear. My niece knew Drew in college and said he wasn’t like this. Damn lawyers!!!!!!!

  8. ghostshock says: Jul 19, 2011 10:21 PM

    Cool story bro.

  9. drgreenstreak says: Jul 19, 2011 10:21 PM

    Ah hell! Let’s bash Brees anyways. Let’s put the guy with his name on the line on stage and point out what he could have done, wanted to do and in fact has an unnamed source stating he wants everybody to hate him so he gets the “sweet deal”. It’s the Boston Glob. Have them define “They said”.

  10. sdboltaction says: Jul 19, 2011 10:23 PM

    I wonder if the players read our comments, too!?

    If so, yo what’s up Drewski! Loved you as a Bolt, glad you got your Superbowl win!!!! And tell your wife I said she’s hot!!!!

  11. drgreenstreak says: Jul 19, 2011 10:23 PM

    Boy those media outlets (is that like a freeway strip-mall?) straightened Brees out! Thanks guys.

  12. southridge23 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:23 PM

    hey mike, can you now request Drew to tweet something along the lines of “I’m a hypocritical d-bag”??

    Just to see what happens…

  13. krow101 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:25 PM

    Just please get him a haircut. Then burn those Leisure Suit Larry outfits of his.

  14. endzonezombie says: Jul 19, 2011 10:26 PM

    Brees better pay close attention – as he rushes through the airport to get to the NFLPA* meeting – that there are no cancer patients wanting his signature. If he misses them in his rush, he will be doubley crucified by this site.

  15. dixon29 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:28 PM

    Just get the deal done! I don’t care if Brees or anyone else wants special treatment. Just get the deal done and let free agency start next Thursday!

  16. kom2k10 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:28 PM

    I don’t know why everyone jumped on this story… it was ludicrous from the start that these guys would hold up a deal. The target on their chest would be so huge it’s ridiculous…

    Even for NFL players standards, that would have been an EXTREMELY stupid move…

    Oh well… Almost time for some football!

  17. kom2k10 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:29 PM

    Also saw another story on another website saying Manning wasn’t asking for anything either… Nothing left to get in the way so lets get this thing finished!

  18. sketchydave says: Jul 19, 2011 10:30 PM

    … OK. Next up, more worthless news…
    Seahawks allegedly have no interest in plaxico.
    Or
    Plaintiff X could def detail this cba.

    Why do I hit refresh while on the can?
    *sigh*

    Let’s get this done.

  19. echoplex89 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:30 PM

    brees should just stop talking as much as he is right now.

    If you want to be that type of guy, wait till you retire.

  20. rugdog100 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:32 PM

    Brees! Just shut up!

  21. Knightlines says: Jul 19, 2011 10:37 PM

    Let this be a lesson to Mr. Brees, this game is about us, the fans….we will respond accordingly. It is your fault you allowed your NFLPA* lawyer to use your name in this regard, you are accountable, don’t insult us with denial.

    Signed,
    One of your biggest fans.

    Don’t ever be this selfish in life, the game and the shield is bigger then you.

  22. melikefootball says: Jul 19, 2011 10:37 PM

    Never about me—come on Brees, you can back step all you want , you should have come out at the begining talking for ALL the players. You talked for yourself when you filed papers. Maybe Manning will believe you after all you both talk the same lengo.

  23. hobartbaker says: Jul 19, 2011 10:39 PM

    Brees wants no special perks. He’ll scrape by on his 8 figures a year like the other guys named in the suit.

  24. sdisme says: Jul 19, 2011 10:40 PM

    Only thing this article is missing is:

    I’m rubber and you’re glue…

  25. crabboil says: Jul 19, 2011 10:41 PM

    It’s gonna be great watching the Vikings “offense” struggle and poor Kluwe being marched out to face the Saints again and again and again….

  26. bluepike says: Jul 19, 2011 10:42 PM

    Sorry Drew, but, we’re not all as stupid as you want us to be. The story got out and you have shown us your true colors once again. Now you’d like us to believe that it just isn’t true when it actually is. This is what you get when you go shoulder to shoulder with Jeffrey Kessler. You’re a bigger creep than he is. Thanks for “outing yourself” this off-season – now we all know who you really are.

  27. catman72 says: Jul 19, 2011 10:42 PM

    LOL, if he could back peddle that fast taking snaps under center he would never get sacked.

  28. palinforpresidentofnorthkorea says: Jul 19, 2011 10:42 PM

    Breezy could have said,

    “I am only here for the love of the game.

    For the players past, present and future.

    We only want to play ball.

    For all the little children and cute puppies.

    Cut the $hit, Kessler.”

    Guess that didn’t happen.

  29. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 19, 2011 10:52 PM

    I feel a Breeze, do you?

    Must be the smoke Drew is trying to blow up our ass with this flimsy denial after his grab for personal gain was busted by the righteous indignation of the people!

  30. gimmeabruschi says: Jul 19, 2011 11:07 PM

    One other thought folks.

    If poor Drew is the victim of an undignified, viscous and unscrupulous media, then why didn’t they “make something up” about Brady too?

  31. Spencer says: Jul 19, 2011 11:16 PM

    The reports were a lie to begin with, and yet when he defends himself against a false rumor, based on nothing but an unsourced, anonymous “report”, he’s the bad guy? Stop.

    Maybe if the media wasn’t so quick to jump on every rumor and immediately spread it before, you know, finding out if it’s remotely true, this type of thing wouldn’t happen so often.

  32. lefthooktv says: Jul 19, 2011 11:17 PM

    I believe Brees and I hope the lockout ends, but if it doesnt EA Sports is prepared: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_1aa6myFPI&feature=share

  33. msclemons67 says: Jul 19, 2011 11:17 PM

    The details of the final agreement should be out in a week or so. We’ll know the truth then.

  34. realitypolice says: Jul 19, 2011 11:24 PM

    So PFT posters, myself included, spent all day making hundreds of comments attacking these players for making it about themselves instead of the game, when it turns out that little, if any, of what we were reacting turned out to be accurate.

    I, for one, pledge from this point onward not make critical comments about people portrayed negatively on this website until I have sought out confirmation elsewhere.

    I actually care about having an informed opinion.

    Anyone with me?

  35. kom2k10 says: Jul 19, 2011 11:27 PM

    Kluew comes off looking like the A-hole now! He read something reported by an “unnamed source” that basically throws his co-workers (Brees, Manning, Mankins, and Jackson) under the bus and he just jumps on them and tries making them look even worse.

    Rather than waiting to get some of the actual facts, he just runs his mouth and now looks like the moron!

    We come to expect these type of harsh responses from fans, writers, and bloggers… but as a player who is also part of the “union” he could have and should have been a little more patient before he fueled the fire…

  36. credible316 says: Jul 19, 2011 11:31 PM

    Kluwe should have been at the negotiations representing the fans this whole time! A deal would have been done a months ago!

  37. gregjenningsfanclub says: Jul 19, 2011 11:37 PM

    Don’t worry, the Packers will welcome Brees into the 2011 season with a big fat L. 49-20. Pack on the way to a repeat!!! 19-0 baby!

  38. goawayeverybody says: Jul 20, 2011 12:06 AM

    Are we open to the idea that perhaps someone was acting on behalf of Brees who didn’t have Brees’ best interests at heart?

    Anyway, in two weeks who’s even going to remember this?

  39. MichaelEdits says: Jul 20, 2011 12:07 AM

    Welcome to PFT Planet, Drew Brees.

  40. hankster81 says: Jul 20, 2011 6:12 AM

    My team’s not the Saints, but I’ve got nothing but admiration for Drew Brees. If he says so, I believe it. As for VJ, well, not so much.

  41. bigvinnyinjax says: Jul 20, 2011 6:30 AM

    We have no choice but to believe Brees. Up to this point in his career he’s been a stand up guy and has probably earned our trust. It’s not like he’s a certified douche like Brady who we all know is looking out for number one (or number 12???) and no one else.

  42. robf2010 says: Jul 20, 2011 7:05 AM

    “If poor Drew is the victim of an undignified, viscous and unscrupulous media, then why didn’t they “make something up” about Brady too?”

    Because they made something up about Manning instead. Brady just signed a new contract. A lie has to have some shred of believability to suck people in. The only other truth in the rampant rumor yesterday was that they spelled the names correctly.

  43. tomcous says: Jul 20, 2011 7:17 AM

    Beyond the Twitter Post that Brees posted …
    how about these guys publicly separate themselves from Jeffrey Kessler who seems to have quite the instigator and divisive force in this entire mess!

    FIRE KESSLER!!!

  44. acetw says: Jul 20, 2011 8:38 AM

    “Earlier tonight, Saints quarterback Drew Brees provided a vague denial of multiple media reports that he is seeking special treatment for Brees and at least three of the other named plaintiffs in the Tom Brady class action.”

    Wait, let me fix that for you…

    “Earlier tonight, Saints quarterback Drew Brees provided an absolute denial of one media report that was regurgitated by different sports ‘news’ sites that can’t break their own fabrications, that he is seeking special treatment for Brees and at least three of the other named plaintiffs in the Tom Brady class action.”

  45. kate773 says: Jul 20, 2011 9:03 AM

    bigvinnyinjax says:
    Jul 20, 2011 6:30 AM
    We have no choice but to believe Brees. Up to this point in his career he’s been a stand up guy and has probably earned our trust. It’s not like he’s a certified douche like Brady who we all know is looking out for number one (or number 12???) and no one else.

    ———————-

    What are you talking about? Brady hasn’t been named in one report. Are you making things up now?

  46. klunge says: Jul 20, 2011 9:33 AM

    Sure, none of these guys PERSONALLY demanded special treatment from the NFL…they did it through their lawyer or agent. So in very lawyer-like fashion, Brees et al can technically deny asking for anything, however that treatement WAS asked for on their behalf.

    If you owned up to it, say you had to try, and now let it go, we won’t think any less of you. Some of us couldn’t…

  47. mediasloppy says: Jul 20, 2011 12:05 PM

    As long as someone can take the fall for Brees and Manning…

  48. firemarshal1 says: Jul 20, 2011 1:02 PM

    Drew, say ain’t so…….in plain English.

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