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Drew Brees apologizes for WMD comment

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A day after New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees compared the NFL’s evidence in the Saints’ bounty program to the Bush administration’s evidence for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, Brees has said he thinks he chose his words poorly.

“I apologize if the WMD comment offended anyone. Especially our military. There is no one I respect more than our service men and women,” Brees wrote on Twitter. “My WMD comment has nothing to do with politics or our brave military. Merely an analogy to show how media influences public perception.”

That apology came after Brees took some criticism when he wrote on Twitter on Monday that the NFL’s public case that Saints players and coaches deserve to be suspended for their role in the bounty program is no more accurate than the Bush administration’s public case that Saddam Hussein had WMDs.

“If NFL fans were told there were ‘weapons of mass destruction’ enough times, they’d believe it,” Brees wrote. “But what happens when you don’t find any????”

In his apology Brees made clear to note that he respects those who serve in America’s military, but I’m not sure how anyone could have interpreted Brees’s original tweet as disrespectful to the men and women who served in the Iraq war. I can see how people could have interpreted Brees’s tweet as critical of the Bush administration and the other politicians who put those men and women into the Iraq war, but there’s nothing in the initial Brees tweet that in any way criticizes the members of the military who fought in the war.

Still, Brees has decided, upon reflection, that a comparison between Roger Goodell’s case for the bounty suspensions and George W. Bush’s case for the Iraq War was not a comparison he should have made.

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  1. bucks12965 says: Jun 19, 2012 7:53 PM

    Why would the truth have offended our military?

    I would have had a lot more respect for him, if he’d stuck by what he said.

  2. clownsfan says: Jun 19, 2012 7:53 PM

    Smartest thing this guy has said since February

  3. truthhurtstoo says: Jun 19, 2012 7:54 PM

    open mouth….. insert foot

  4. showerswithsandusky says: Jun 19, 2012 7:54 PM

    Shut the hell up Drew. And wash that crap off of your face

  5. jeffw says: Jun 19, 2012 7:55 PM

    Drew Brees should shut the F*ck Up! He has really become a real @sshole since winning the Super Bowl. The fame has gone to his head…

  6. captainwisdom8888 says: Jun 19, 2012 7:55 PM

    It would benefit Drew and his team to just SWALLOW IT, get back to football and focus on this upcoming season already. It doesn’t look as if anything you say now is going to move the NFL from their punitive stance on this incident. Recognize the best ways to benefit your team and right now that would probably mean keeping your mouth shut and getting back to work. Nobody will be feeling sorry for you come week 1…I promise.

  7. ishudbgm says: Jun 19, 2012 7:56 PM

    Damn Even Drew Brees is starting to look like a jerk! Asking for over 2 million a game and now this. No one in this organization is safe.

  8. JSpicoli says: Jun 19, 2012 7:57 PM

    It’s never the crime, it is always the cover-up.

    Strike one.

  9. peytonfavrecircus says: Jun 19, 2012 8:07 PM

    Is Drew in a race against Tebow for headlines? He sure seems to be trying hard… give it up Drew, Tebow gets his without trying, you can’t beat that.

    Whatever happened to the Drew we thought we knew?

  10. buttsecksprovider says: Jun 19, 2012 8:08 PM

    Screams desperation, just like most things involving this organization these years…

  11. cuffhimbanano says: Jun 19, 2012 8:13 PM

    Unless you were a part of the Bush administration or are just plain stupid you shouldn’t take offense to what Drew Brees said.

    No one without a double-digit IQ could have interpreted what he originally said as being a slight towards the military.

  12. drgreenstreak says: Jun 19, 2012 8:13 PM

    Drew, Drew, Drew! Let it go. You are chipping away at your credibility and reputation. Yes, you are.

    Does Brees feel a need to stand up for his team or is he serious? Hope it’s not the latter.

    BTW… The Saints made any new offers lately? hmm?

    Just sayin’

  13. rcbn says: Jun 19, 2012 8:13 PM

    Great football player that has become overloaded with his own self-importance. Happens to us all at one time or another. I admire him for apologizing but he falls short by just doing it for the military. He needs to acknowledge that he is only a football player!

  14. jaykubs says: Jun 19, 2012 8:13 PM

    Brees has taken his reputation and sprinkled some immaturity and ignorance on top of it. It’s one thing to defend your teammates… it’s another to point fingers, especially when you’re not doing your homework. There’s plenty out there from the NFL on this one, and it stinks like guilt.

  15. giantsfanlewis says: Jun 19, 2012 8:14 PM

    When this guy played for SD I was a huge fan of his. Had he won a super bowl without so much foul play(i called no winning the sb all that off season due to the press eating the katrina story, and even feel the NFL helped it happen) I would have been much happier for him but was still happy to see him get it. This year when he ran up the score just to get personal records I was disgusted. He was becoming another tom Brady. Hell even rodgers comes out when up by 38 to a winless team. I know his records are moot as many did so without running up the score this season and now he’s showing his true colors in the media and I really wish this guy would go away and stop talking. I liked him better as the under dog then this new “I’m the greatest” attitude he has

  16. roughneck0221 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:14 PM

    Why is it always Bush 43’s assertions? The entire intel community was in agreement. Both the House and the Senate were in agreement, including then Sen Obama.

  17. djaehne says: Jun 19, 2012 8:14 PM

    I guess someone gave Brees an explination.

  18. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:15 PM

    He shouldn’t have apologized. It was an apt comparison.

    For all this guy does for the community, the US Military, that team, THE NFL IN GENERAL, and now people want to crucify him for exercising his constitutional right? for his opinion?

    He is correct, if the media keeps telling you “Drew Brees should not have made these comments. War is no joke.” Then people will believe it, case in point.

  19. chandler1 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:15 PM

    He’s a freaking moron.

  20. mikelitoris1 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:15 PM

    George Dubya wants an explanation.

  21. jerrysandusky1 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:17 PM

    MDS, will you be on your moral high horse every time someone makes a comparison to war? Give it a rest.

  22. 49erstim says: Jun 19, 2012 8:17 PM

    While I didn’t agree with the analogy I was not offended by it, nor can I see how anybody could be offended. I respect his detraction if he felt it was disparaging to our military though.

    Drew should kinda pipe down a little here. With all that Pamphilon stuff naming him in the cover up it would just be best if he stayed silent.

  23. bzcat1 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:20 PM

    Nothing wrong with being critical of a politician. We all do it sometimes. I thought Drew made a clever analogy.

  24. saintsfan83 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:53 PM

    The media can build you up and than tear u down within seconds in other words Brees get back to work dude you are killing your reputation

  25. jasonthemcclain says: Jun 19, 2012 8:54 PM

    This comment by him was a bit over the top. I remember some of his attitude during the negotiations for the CBA last year and now in the way he is negotiating with the Saints.

    What is clear is that Drew Brees only sees the perspective of his “side” and he lacks the ability–or perhaps even the desire–to see both [or all three] sides of an issue.

    @49erstim ::: exactly. And he should pipe down.

    @roughneck0221 ::: don’t forget it was also the French intel community and the British intel community — and one more that I can not remember.

    It was universally believed all the way back to Clinton and Warren Christopher as Sec State.

    And I have to agree with these comments from above as well:

    “Great football player that has become overloaded with his own self-importance.”

    Indeed.

    And

    “Brees has taken his reputation and sprinkled some immaturity and ignorance on top of it. It’s one thing to defend your teammates… it’s another to point fingers, especially when you’re not doing your homework. There’s plenty out there from the NFL on this one, and it stinks like guilt.”

    Yep.

    Anyone notice in all this bluster that Greg Williams chose not to even appeal his suspension?

    And Sean Payton did simply as a delaying tactic so he had a little more time after the draft?

  26. dawglb says: Jun 19, 2012 8:55 PM

    When adversity hits, true character is revealed.

  27. mdd913 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:55 PM

    It was a perfect analogy and the only people stupid enough actually be offended by it are the same people stupid enough to make all these negative comments about Brees, the same bunch of sheep who are stupid enough to let themselves be led around by the nose by Goodell and his ilk.

    Wake up, people, there’s a world happening around you. Take a look for yourself instead of letting people tell you what to believe.

  28. vikingamericann says: Jun 19, 2012 8:56 PM

    Hypersensitive Americans. I miss they days when a man could say what he thinks and not apologize for it. But in the days of (whine mode on) he needs to shut up blah blah blah (whine mode off) some feel the need to apologize for nothing. Well I don’t need an apology and to all you emasculated men who got offended over this a big F you to you and your families.

  29. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 19, 2012 8:56 PM

    Hey, Brees is just sticking up for his teammates.

  30. tigershark49 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:57 PM

    I hope that playoff loss to the 49ers still hurts!

  31. smackingfools says: Jun 19, 2012 8:57 PM

    Sensitive Americans. Want to go all over the world kicking a$$ and someone is always offended by a few words. Stop being pansies America. I’d never in my life apologize for saying this. People need to stop being babies about everything. And yes, I’m American. Just sick of people getting offended over nothing.

  32. monkeyboymotors says: Jun 19, 2012 9:00 PM

    drew didn’t sean show you the wmd before he tucked you into bed?

  33. randomguy9999 says: Jun 19, 2012 9:02 PM

    Damn Even Drew Brees is starting to look like a jerk! Asking for over 2 million a game and now this. No one in this organization is safe.

    ——————————————

    starting?

    ever since he started in on the CBA negotiation BS comments he has been complaining non stop about how his azz isn’t getting kissed correctly.

    if he kept his mouth shut, he’d stop getting into controversies ….

    he should get his contract done or whatever he’s gonna do….. quietly… and not say anything for a long time…..

  34. hobbstweedle says: Jun 19, 2012 9:05 PM

    I can’t credit for it, but it’s the best comment I’ve read about Brees and his latest mess: “Drew Bees is already creepy because he is so self-consumed, but I guess he’s even as bad as the president – liberal, out of touch, and in serious denial.”

    LMAO. Bag on the political comment all you want, it’s spot-on about Brees, especially that “serious denial” part. I mean, your COACHES have admitted to it, dude. The jig is up, okay?

  35. lostsok says: Jun 19, 2012 9:05 PM

    I don’t think Bree’s comment is a slight at the military, but it was an unwise comment. No athlete should ever mention politics. Period. The fans of any team are likely to be an equal mix of liberal, conservative, true moderates and those who just flat hate all politics.

    Any time you make a political comment you risk alienating some portion of that mix. That’s unwise from a marketing standpoint, and unfair to the team.

    It’s one thing if your image is independent of a “team,” such as a musician. If a Neil Young (liberal) or Ted Nugent (conservative) WANT to alienate certain fans–or simply don’t care if they do–than that’s there business. It reflects on them, and them alone.

    But football players represent a city and a team. They should always keep that in mind.

    If anything, sports should be the one place where we get AWAY from politics.

  36. philtration says: Jun 19, 2012 9:13 PM

    showerswithsandusky says: Jun 19, 2012 7:54 PM

    Shut the hell up Drew. And wash that crap off of your face
    ===================================
    He can’t wash it off.
    It is a tattoo of a purple tear drop to show his solidarity for all of the players who have screwed up their careers because of purple drank.

    Drew is so deep and sensitive.

  37. chad504boy says: Jun 19, 2012 9:14 PM

    Pipe down Drew, the PFT Bloggers will revolt if you call a duck a duck and a chicken a chicken.

  38. patriotera says: Jun 19, 2012 9:15 PM

    he’s like the teenage girl who gets punished by her parents who spoil her and she says this is worst than the holocaust.

  39. rushmatic says: Jun 19, 2012 9:15 PM

    Perfectly reasonable analogy. Anyone who disagrees is deluding themselves.

  40. abninf says: Jun 19, 2012 9:15 PM

    cuffhimbanano says: Jun 19, 2012 8:13 PM

    Unless you were a part of the Bush administration or are just plain stupid you shouldn’t take offense to what Drew Brees said.
    —————————————————

    Or part of the Clinton admin. Or a democratic member of congress.

    “If Saddam rejects peace and we have to use force, our purpose is clear. We want to seriously diminish the threat posed by Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction program.”
    –President Bill Clinton, Feb. 17, 1998

    “Saddam Hussein has been engaged in the development of weapons of mass destruction technology which is a threat to countries in the region and he has made a mockery of the weapons inspection process.”
    -Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D, CA), Dec. 16, 1998

    “We know that he has stored secret supplies of biological and chemical weapons throughout his country.”
    — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “Iraq’s search for weapons of mass destruction has proven impossible to deter and we should assume that it will continue for as long as Saddam is in power.”
    — Al Gore, Sept. 23, 2002

    “We have known for many years that Saddam Hussein is seeking and developing weapons of mass destruction.”
    — Sen. Ted Kennedy (D, MA), Sept. 27, 2002

  41. pftcensorssuck says: Jun 19, 2012 9:15 PM

    Roder Gooddell wants an explanation

    (SOMEONE had to say it!)

  42. eltex says: Jun 19, 2012 9:16 PM

    I think that the 90% of posters here are correct. Drew used to have respect by most fans, but his rather ignorant comments as of late are just killing his fan base. Even though he was from Central Texas, I’m not sure we can even claim him anymore. Sorry New Orleans, you are stuck with him.

  43. stephenpaulfreese says: Jun 19, 2012 9:17 PM

    It never ceases to amaze that professional athletes are not aware that once they make ignorant statements, that they like others in the media spotlight think by simply apologizing that we, the fan do not remember. When the great Bill Walsh was running the Niners, he had sociologist, Dr. Harry Edwards around to minister and counsel players who were among other things, not capable of handling their finances, coping with their fame, or their transition from college to professional sports. Now these organization are run by men who lie daily, cheat when it serves them like Bellechick, Williams and others. Is it any wonder the players believe they are also above scrutiny and all they have to do is say they are sorry and all is well? What most of these folks do not understand is they are not just performers, but they are also caretakers of a national pastime and are privileged to play. Every kid in our country looks up to them and their influence is enormous. To bad that is lost on most of them today…

  44. bleed4philly says: Jun 19, 2012 9:18 PM

    That’s a fair comparison. Goodell models his term after Bush’s by treating and talking to people like they’re stupid. “I do something, you piss and moan and bend over and take it up the the tail pipe and don’t talk back to me, I’m in charge.”

  45. beerbudsnbevo says: Jun 19, 2012 9:18 PM

    The weapons were smuggled to Syria….

    The Saints had bounties….

    Now can we start talking about football, and quit talking law-politics….

    Thats one of the many reasons I love football…..

    To get away from that crap.

    Sadly it seems, it is more and more becoming lawyers, politics and tabloid crap

  46. preventoffense says: Jun 19, 2012 9:19 PM

    Yeah, Saddam was a sweetheart and never used WMD on anyone, eerrrr, except for the 100,000 or so Kurds including thousands of women and children.

  47. quadya says: Jun 19, 2012 9:20 PM

    The WMD’s were there and not found because Iraq moved them or dismantled them by the time we got there. The Saints had a bounty program to pay players. The evidence just isn’t as black and white as everyone wants it to be. Just because there isn’t black and white evidence..doesn’t mean it didn’t happen. How about that for an analogy Drew?

  48. 2ndaryinsanity says: Jun 19, 2012 9:27 PM

    At last! Brees shows some class (that’s been MIA for quite some time)! Personally, I took his comments as disrespecting George Bush, NOT the military. But, it’s nice that he wanted to apologize rather than take the chance some soldiers (or their families) might be offended.

  49. jessethegreat says: Jun 19, 2012 9:27 PM

    The way hes been running his mouth lately, I wouldn’t be surprised if the Rog offers a bounty on his head.

    Drew, listen up. You are a quarterback. Call the plays in the huddle. Audible at the l.o.s. and STAY OUT OF THE MEDIA. You’re ripping your legacy to shreds.

  50. larryfitzgerald4mvp says: Jun 19, 2012 9:27 PM

    Brees seems more and more ignorant every time he speaks.

  51. gbditka says: Jun 19, 2012 9:31 PM

    Why should Drew Brees not be afforded the same freedoms of speech all of you are displaying here on this board? Whether you agree or not with the comment, let’s not be jealous that he’s about to make 20 million plus a season while you search for fortunes on scratch-off tickets!

    Bash all you want but here is a guy that will do more charity work in a month than most of you will accomplish in a lifetime! Brees has been involved in Hurricane Katrina recovery, started up Drew and Brittany’s Brees Dream Foundation, and visited the Guantanamo Bay detention camp on a USO tour (plus always has been pro-military.)

    Drew, keep being “you” as your life isn’t too shabby! Heck, the only thing Obama has done right since he took office was appointed you to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition committee.

  52. bangitfootball says: Jun 19, 2012 9:33 PM

    DREW BREES is not the guy I thought he was 2 years ago. Very sad.

  53. jjbadd says: Jun 19, 2012 9:34 PM

    Don’t apologize Drew, after all, it is America and you are free to voice your opinion just like everyone else. Not to mention it was true. People acting politically correct make me sick! Because you know most people are thinking what he said.

  54. objectivenflfan says: Jun 19, 2012 9:37 PM

    Pretty sure this is America. How about we stop freaking out about what Drew Brees says. Who cares. Babies.

  55. exsquidao says: Jun 19, 2012 9:38 PM

    I pretty much refrain from commenting on here because this site is overloaded with enough mindless idiots, but Brees and anyone that supports his idiotic comments is the A typical blundering Democratic ostrich, search you morons and you might find the truth, lord knows it won’t be with the fake person at 1600.

  56. 27xwschamps says: Jun 19, 2012 9:40 PM

    Dont pull a hammy back peddeling there drew baby !!!!

  57. cowboyscanada says: Jun 19, 2012 9:41 PM

    Brees is a lying moron. I would be totally digusted if I was a Saints fan.

  58. linvillegorge says: Jun 19, 2012 9:42 PM

    Even as a Panthers fan, I always respected Brees. However, the crap he spewed during the lockout greatly reduced that respect and his continued idiocy regarding the bounty issues has made me lose all respect for him. This guy has done nothing but spew bull****, completely disconnected rhetoric. The guy just doesn’t get it.

  59. brassknuckles47 says: Jun 19, 2012 9:43 PM

    The First Law of Obama…..”If at first you dont succeed….blame George Bush….I mean, someone else.” – Drew Bres

  60. dikhurtz says: Jun 19, 2012 9:45 PM

    Drew must read the comments section at PFT.

  61. suite34 says: Jun 19, 2012 9:53 PM

    Our military is not a five year old child who has to be told they’re great all the time otherwise their feelings will get hurt. Brees’ comment had nothing to do with the military and I can’t imagine anyone in the military taking offense. They have more pressing issues to worry about than analogies–terrorists, roadside bombs, suicide bombers…little things like that.

  62. joyriderideem says: Jun 19, 2012 9:55 PM

    Man I miss the days before twitter and super media exposure…when these guys just played football…it doesn’t surmise me tho that 90% of these guys seem like complete a55holes..just go back to playing football and leave the rest to the folks whose talent lies between their ears…

  63. obamareallysucks says: Jun 19, 2012 9:56 PM

    for all you losers defending the dork brees about WMD, pick up a gun and stand a real watch like I and countless others have, before you try and tell us it was a harmless quote. grow up and get out of your mommy’s basement. punkass parasites.

  64. amaf21 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:01 PM

    I can’t even keep track of how many times I’ve said it: this clown needs to keep his blabber mouth shut! This idiot sucks trying to stick up for all these cheaters. Show some class jack@$$.

  65. Manbearpig says: Jun 19, 2012 10:04 PM

    2010 Super Bowl Champions – New Orleans Saints*

  66. SparkyGump says: Jun 19, 2012 10:09 PM

    There’s more evidence of a bounty program than WMD’s in Sadddam’s Iraq.

  67. muffinb says: Jun 19, 2012 10:09 PM

    roughneck0221 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:14 PM

    Why is it always Bush 43′s assertions? The entire intel community was in agreement. Both the House and the Senate were in agreement, including then Sen Obama.

    ______________________________________Actually Roughneck, if you would check. Sen. Obama was dead set against the war in Iraq. Just to keep the facts straight.

  68. hotlantalaw says: Jun 19, 2012 10:14 PM

    What a jerk! Typical limo liberal whining about his delay in enabling his expected lifestyle. I hope suh and fairley beat the heck out of me I. The next visit!

  69. saintij says: Jun 19, 2012 10:14 PM

    From the comments I’ve read …. its no wonder athletes and movie stars don’t talk to “joe nobody.”

    most of them have this ownership and knowledge of a situation/person so well… they suppose its ok to speak that ill of “people” they don’t even know ……

    you sound like a professional HATER and a long time LOOOOOSERRR!!!!!!!!
    everybody in this has a job from the owner to the fan, and it looks like the fans ….. SUCK at their job!!!!!!! Because YOU decided to be a FAN, don’t be a jerk cause you bought a hat, jersey or a ticket ….. dummy you had a choice not to spend your dollars ….. you did …. that much hate ….. absolutely no room for it ….trash talk does have its limits.

  70. spytdi says: Jun 19, 2012 10:14 PM

    He’s coming off as a real douche bag lately. So he wants everything and is willing to accept zero of the blame for anything…

  71. larrybrown43 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:20 PM

    NBC Sports Talk = Rodger Goodell

  72. patfic15 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:21 PM

    He used the Bush administraton as means to explain away someone’s actions. Sounds familiar.

  73. thejuddstir says: Jun 19, 2012 10:38 PM

    Hey Drew, George Bush wants an explanation!

  74. squatch9 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:40 PM

    My guess would be that he knows very well that it wasn’t a dig at the military. It’s that he stepped back, took a look at his quote and thought, “man, that’s a bit over the top, ain’t it? I mean, that’s only a step or two away from comparing an excellent defense’s blitzing to Hitler invading Russia… or D-Day, or something like that.”

    Always liked Brees, won’t hold it against him. Just an inapt metaphor is all. Shouldn’t rank quarterbacks on metaphor capability.

  75. larryjames836 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:49 PM

    Every person has a right to his opinion, yes both sides don’t want outside people’s in they business when they knows they doing the wrong things. The NFL organizations and the Military makes they own laws and rules both players and soldiers don’t have nothing to say. What the NFL commissioner says goes if its right or wrong the same with the Military something is wrong with these system. The president call the shots for the Military and they follows if its right or wrong, same with the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell want players to follow. Players and soldiers get outside lawyers they can’t do anything because these organizations is the judge, jury, and the hangman all in one. Do it they way are know way at all this means you are charged with something you may are may not done. Plus these organizations makes it hard for you the sue them so you must fight for years and years because of there system. So all of you SLAPNUTS out there that think these organizations is not corrupt then your bucket has a hole in it, see this is sling talk something like Gregg William used. Hole in your bucket is talking about your head that which hold knowledge. Kill the head and the tail will die, don’t mean hurting someone this means stopping the quarterback this will stop the play. See these high rollers take words and put they meaning to it then you are in trouble this what the NFL done and know one can mess with their system. And this is not fair to the players not just the Saints I’m talking about every team Goodell is know good for the NFL.

  76. bsizemore68 says: Jun 19, 2012 10:53 PM

    Yes it was bad taste, however even President Bush joke about not finding WMD at the press club party with the President and press in attendance, seems like most of these player who love the camera talk to much. Bill

  77. pooflingingmonkey says: Jun 19, 2012 11:02 PM

    Hey awesome! This has turned into a political discussion! Just what I come here for. Nice!

    I think I’ll head on over to politico to see what’s going on in the NFL.

  78. beastson says: Jun 19, 2012 11:04 PM

    roughneck0221 says: Jun 19, 2012 8:14 PM

    Why is it always Bush 43′s assertions? The entire intel community was in agreement. Both the House and the Senate were in agreement, including then Sen Obama.

    —–

    Obama was not elected to US Senate until a year and a half later. Quit getting your “facts” from Fox News

  79. mjkelly77 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:04 PM

    I’m surprised that Brees hasn’t blamed the comment on concussions.

  80. bmow001 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:17 PM

    Muffinb-

    Actually roughnecks comments were correct when he said even “then senator Obama” believed he had WMD’s. You’re confusing his anti-war stance with the WMD intel every prominent politician at the time believed he had… Just keeping the facts straight…

    “Now, let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein,” said Obama in his speech. “He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied U.N. resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.”

    Senator Barack Obama

  81. mhs8031 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:23 PM

    Brees must be aware of the impact the media has on public perception because he makes comments every week about this without having seen the evidence.

  82. dawglb says: Jun 19, 2012 11:25 PM

    abninf, excellent work, my friend! You point out what no member of the media (other than FOXNews) would EVER bring up…..

  83. rukkus1 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:46 PM

    Couldnt have been a more proper comment mr brees… glad you said it

  84. ranksarot says: Jun 19, 2012 11:47 PM

    “pick up a gun and stand a real watch like I and countless others have, before you try and tell us it was a harmless quote. grow up and get out of your mommy’s basement. punkass parasites.”
    Umm…you do realize there were no “WMD” in Iraq? That this was a complete fabrication? That this was a lie to justify sending you and your friends to fight for something completely false? How many of your friends died because dubya said it was so? Don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate the brave men and women who serve in the US military. But if you have to throw fact and common sense to the wind, just to justify your own involvement, then you are completely misunderstanding the idea of service to your country.

  85. chatham10 says: Jun 19, 2012 11:52 PM

    The saying goes “nobody knows you stupid until you open your mouth and remove all doubt”.

  86. fatteledoc says: Jun 19, 2012 11:54 PM

    I did stand a watch. So did both grandfathers, father, all my uncles, both brothers and my oldest son is graduating at Parris Island on the 29th. All of us COMBAT veterans except my son. He said nothing to offend service men and women and even if he did he is granted freedom of speech in this country. That’s one of the things the military assures. If you are offended by it, that is your right. So is your comment. However, don’t presume to speak for all veterans.

  87. ghoststalker83 says: Jun 20, 2012 1:35 AM

    Sounds to me like he’s saying the fans are stupid and only believe what they hear. For that drew you should have to take a hit from every defensive player on your team and whoever can knock you out should get whatever is currently in the bounty pot for this season.

  88. discosucs2005 says: Jun 20, 2012 3:47 AM

    I hate nothing more than the blanket assigning of opinions, thoughts, and feelings to veterans. Every major political party does it. Republicans, democrats, libertarians, the tea party, everyone.

    I don’t know every veteran, or active service member, but the ones I know are independent individuals with their own thoughts and opinions.

    Every time I hear someone say or imply “veterans think…” I automatically stop listening.

  89. latenightroach says: Jun 20, 2012 5:21 AM

    A person should never have to apologize for speaking the truth.

  90. saintsfan26 says: Jun 20, 2012 5:25 AM

    Im kinda starting to enjoy being the most hated team in the NFL. We must be doing something right. Geaux Saints!! Drew you are the best in the league bro and it shows. Just read the comments above. They hate you because they aint you. Keep breaking records Drew! We love you in New Orleans, and thats all that matters :) WHO DAT!

  91. jagpop says: Jun 20, 2012 6:02 AM

    “If you don’t support the mission you don’t support the troops.”

    So you HAD to believe there were WMD else you
    can’t say and believe you support the troops.

    Better to have troops killed, wounded or maimed for life than drop your belief.

    I AM A TROOP SUPPORTER!

    Death is a fact, wounded is a fact, maimed for life is fact. But it is a more stingent fact that people will resist to the last measure altering their personal belief system. Whether it is a football team, authority figure, or religion – facts are a hill of beans compared to a personal belief system.

    There is no muddled logic to:
    “If you don’t support the mission you don’t support the troops”
    at least in the mind of true believer.

    Thus, in their joint Memorandum to the Security Council of February 24th, 2003 following Colin Powell’s embarrasing UN “Deceit and Deception” speech (yep, FACT, that is what Powell named it), France, Russia and Germany state: “While suspicions remain, no evidence has been given that Iraq still possesses weapons of mass destruction or capabilities in this field.”

    Bet you forgot. Because your belief system wanted to.

    YEAH, TEAM!

  92. vex24 says: Jun 20, 2012 7:53 AM

    I am ex-military, heck I was even born at Ft. Benning, GA. I thought that Brees’ comparison was cleaver and none offensive (I’m against any ‘Bounty’ program in any sport, too).
    The whole War on the Middle East, er, Western Asia (I often wonder what the heck Middle East really means…Middle from What?) was based on lies to conceal the real, and often obvious agendas of a few sick & powerful men. Yet, for any Professional American Athlete to utilize any form of Freedom of Expression that does not meet the Corporate, Military and Political goals of this Nation’s Oligarchy has consistently been propagated as treason. The obvious use of American (especially the NFL) Sports as Pro-Military, Pro-Corporate, Pro-Totalitarianism and Anti-Intellectualism is astounding…BUT, the number of ordinary US Citizens that cannot, or will not address this fact is even far more amazing!

  93. md228010 says: Jun 20, 2012 7:55 AM

    This man is a
    Class act.
    Single handledly brought new Orleans back and revives an entire city with his bull ish win over peyton. Yeah.. I live in Indy.. Either way he’s the man his time has come for the elite qb salary and they don’t want to pay it. Lose him and see what happens

  94. therealtrenches says: Jun 20, 2012 8:08 AM

    He apologized to the men and women of the military because after hearing anything that sounds remotely like criticism of the military, they start demanding apologies.

  95. unlimitedcriticism says: Jun 20, 2012 8:10 AM

    @bmow001 – There is no part of this statement that indicates Obama believed Iraq had WMDs at the time of the 2003 war. Read it more carefully. He did develop, and use chemical and biological weapons during the Iran/Iraq War, but that was decades prior. Obama said he “coveted” nuclear capacity, not that he developed them.
    —————————-
    “Now, let me be clear – I suffer no illusions about Saddam Hussein,” said Obama in his speech. “He is a brutal man. A ruthless man. A man who butchers his own people to secure his own power. He has repeatedly defied U.N. resolutions, thwarted U.N. inspection teams, developed chemical and biological weapons, and coveted nuclear capacity. He’s a bad guy. The world, and the Iraqi people, would be better off without him.”

  96. mn2long says: Jun 20, 2012 8:18 AM

    roughneck0221 says:
    Jun 19, 2012 8:14 PM
    Why is it always Bush 43′s assertions? The entire intel community was in agreement. Both the House and the Senate were in agreement, including then Sen Obama.

    Ummmm, except Obama WASN’T a Senator then and did not vote. Glad you’re paying attention though.

  97. gerttownmomo says: Jun 20, 2012 8:20 AM

    The saying goes “nobody knows YOU stupid until you open your mouth and remove all doubt”.

    ==========

    or post a comment on the internet

    i believe his statements are the ONLY truths to come out of this whole mess. hitler subscribed to the same philosophy. if you tell a lie enough times it becomes the truth. exactly what the nfl has done. he lost me when he made an apology. smh

    go pack!

  98. sb44champs says: Jun 20, 2012 8:56 AM

    Everyone on hear ripping Drew apart… I love just thinking about how he will continue to destroy every defense he faces this year just like last year when he had the most prolific season for a QB in NFL history!!! Now go be jealous on your own time, losers… lol!!!

  99. johntonioholmes says: Jun 20, 2012 8:57 AM

    Okay, well, there were NO WMD!

    Physicists told the administration that the “centrifuge” tubes were too long and narrow to be used for that purpose, but in the administration’s zeal, they ignored the scientists. (A republican ignoring science? Get out of town!)

    The information that even linked Saddam to 9/11 was obtained through waterboarding.

    Whether you agree with the practice or not, it gave us bad intelligence–intelligence that put us in the middle of an intractable and unwinnable war.

    If Goodell can’t produce the evidence, then Brees’ analogy is apt.

    I see no problem with it.

    Just like the administration, Goodell had an agenda. To heck with evidence.

  100. packerbadger says: Jun 20, 2012 9:06 AM

    I’m really tired of having to read about this whiner. Shut up already.

  101. squared80 says: Jun 20, 2012 9:11 AM

    I DEMAND AN EXPLANATION!

  102. metrocritical says: Jun 20, 2012 9:20 AM

    As a player, Brees is nearly peerless. As a spokesperson, Brees belongs in the heap of speak first, think later knuckleheads that sully the landscape of professional sports. Even if his analogy were spot on in this particular instance, it would be best for all concerned if Brees would stay quiet for a while. To quote an old Dylan song, “Idiot wind, blowing every time you move your teeth…”

  103. annes22 says: Jun 20, 2012 9:25 AM

    Brees needs to think before he speaks, that’s a stupid thing to say.

  104. tundey says: Jun 20, 2012 9:42 AM

    For a country where civilian leadership is deeply entrenched, America sure does treat the military like a sacred cow, don’t we? Doesn’t even matter if no reasonable person will consider what you say as a slight to the military, better to just apologize in advance.

    Anyway, I want to take this opportunity to apologize if anyone things my statement above in any way denigrates the military. There’s no one I respect more than our men and women in uniform. Thank you.

  105. ike301 says: Jun 20, 2012 10:17 AM

    @roughneck0221
    You speak like most Obama haters, which is lies and deceit. Obama was one of the few senators who voted against the use of force in Iraq. Get your facts straight please. Thanks.

  106. preventoffense says: Jun 20, 2012 10:28 AM

    johntonioholmes says: “”A republican ignoring science? Get out of town!””
    *******************************************Yeah, some of the Republican’s have their idiosyncrasies. The majority of Democrats ignore basic economics.

  107. kennypowersays says: Jun 20, 2012 10:59 AM

    Can’t understand why that comment, although over the top, would offend the military personnel. If anything, it would be in support of the enlisted personnel for being thrown into a contrived and convoluted FUBAR that has destroyed a generation of recruits.

  108. CKL says: Jun 20, 2012 12:11 PM

    I can’t believe we made it all the way though these comments and not one person mentioned how this isn’t even a real apology, it’s that passive aggressive “IF I OFFENDED SOMEONE” thing. That phrase really should read “If I offended someone, they are either a whiny oversensitive bleep, or a sponsor”.
    Were he really to feel it was offensive, one wouldn’t get this non apology apology, one would get something more like , “I made an inappropriate remark. I apologize.”

  109. axespray says: Jun 20, 2012 9:31 PM

    does Canton open it’s doors to stat padders?

  110. jahmic says: Jun 21, 2012 1:53 AM

    Can somebody explain what it is, exactly, that is offensive and to who, about Bree’s comments?

  111. kmiller9959 says: Jun 21, 2012 1:55 AM

    To all you crybabies whining about an alleged attack on Drew’s freedom of speech, you need to realize that his detractors are invoking that same right by criticizing his poor choice of words. So please just shut up and think about what you say before you say it. Just as one is free to voice a controversial opinion, one is free to respond to it as well.

    For the record I do think it was a very poor choice of words. To compare a game to a real life military operation really trivializes what our military does and the sacrifices they make.

  112. eaglebranded says: Jun 21, 2012 10:13 AM

    ISN’T IT OUR MONEY BUYING THE JERSEYS AND SUPERBOWL ATTIRE. SO BY WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP SAINTS FANS HELPED REBUILD THE CITIES AFFECTED BY KATRINA . WE APPRECIATE THE HELP BUT HE DOESN’T DESERVE ALL THE CREDIT HE IS GETTING .

  113. talkabouttheeagles says: Jun 22, 2012 1:47 AM

    Brees says he never would have said it if only someone had taken the time to explain it to him first. (I’m sorry, I can’t let it go).

  114. talkabouttheeagles says: Jun 22, 2012 2:17 AM

    WOW!! @ unlimitedcriticism. You beat me to it. I was about to comment and correct the guy and also point out that:
    Obama served three terms representing the 13th District in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. The speech Obama gave as pertains to WMD was given in October 02, 2002 while he was still an Illinois State Senator. – http://www.barackobama.com/2002/10/02/remarks_of_illinois_state_sen.php

    Obama served as a U.S. Senator representing the state of Illinois from January 2005 to November 2008, when he resigned following his victory in the 2008 presidential election. .and you also correctly pointed out he used the word “coveted” as an adjective to denote desire rather than in a possessive sense.

  115. belged says: Jun 24, 2012 3:00 AM

    Brees said nothing against out military men and women.
    Brees said something agaisnt Bush adn everyone’s panites are in a twist. Say anything nbad about Bush and some people want to kill you. Lets be honest here. Say, I want to kill Obama and I am going to DC to do it and people will applaud you. Hell, they will even set up PayPal to buy the bullet and gun. Media, peoole, do not get upset at all.

  116. benchwarmer69 says: Jun 25, 2012 9:47 PM

    Brees is a loser that doesn’t even like his own fans, let alone his own mother.

    He’s about as selfish as a person could get.

    Am I glad I’m not a fan of theirs right about now..

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