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.
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.