Brees elaborates on his Kaepernick comments

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees had plenty to say on Monday about 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick. And others who thought Brees was saying something negative about Kaepernick’s core concerns said plenty about what Brees had to say.

On Tuesday, Brees added a little more to his remarks to ESPN, aimed at making his message as clear as possible.

“I’ll say one thing about it because obviously you saw my comments yesterday and this is the one thing I’ll say about it so that there’s no confusion,” Brees told reporters. “It does not matter who the player is. It happened to be Colin Kaepernick, it could have been anybody. It could have been a white player, and African-American player, somebody of any race, any color and it could have been any issue. It happened to be injustices against African-Americans. It could have been any issue, it could have been health care reform, who’s running for President, it could have been anything. The thing that I disagreed with is that there’s a person who’s disrespecting the flag of the United States of America to make that point, so it’s not that I disagreed with the protest. In fact, I agree, it’s very valid, his reasoning. What I disagreed with was the method by which he chose to protest, which is to sit down and disrespect the flag of the United States of America. End of discussion.”

And that was that. And that seems to be one of the most common sentiments raised regarding the issue in the four days since the issue became one of the biggest stories in the sports world: Agreement with the message, disagreement with the method.

Still, given the manner in which the method has teed the message up for discussion and debate, there may be a method to what some would call madness on the part of an American citizen who has realized the American dream, at least professionally. As time passes, it seems that more voices are embracing the method as the quintessential exercise of the freedoms we enjoy as American citizens.

We’re not forced to stand and salute the flag. We can if we want to, and we can choose not to. We can choose to do whatever we want to do, as long as it complies with all applicable laws of the land. The moment that the law requires any of us to stand for the national anthem is the moment that our freedoms would suffer serious infringement.

29 responses to “Brees elaborates on his Kaepernick comments

  1. Truth is, Kaepernick has not played well since Harbaugh left. He knew he was about to get cut, so he pulled this stunt. Now any attempt to do so will be called racism.

  2. Police brutality? Roland Fryer’s study from about two months ago. Find it online and read it. Also, how much $$ and time has Kap given to fight/prevent ‘oppression’? Answer: None.

  3. “Sieg Heil”. Careful what you wish for patriots. Your demands of blind obedience mirror those of failed regime’s. We can debate the issue until the sun is a cold dark ember and probably never come to agreement. Personally, I don’t agree with Kap’s actions, but I do admire the courage it takes to do what he has done. If he didn’t understand he may be throwing away his career, we’ll then, that’s just kind of sad.

  4. To provide political cover for his refusal to stand during our National Anthem, Kaepernick’s defenders are, not surprisingly, instead drawing attention to his undisputed First Amendment right to free expression. In truth, though, Kaepernick has done far more harm than good to his cause. Sure, he’s brought about a lively national debate. But the method he used to protest is about as popular as the Ferguson, Mo. rioting by those protesting the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. I believe that like them, Kaepernick has turned most Americans off. He hasn’t scored many points here with NFL fans either—or even lately on the gridiron, for that matter.

  5. He has definitely realized the Anerican dream professionally…IF it’s the American dream professionally to make $11M a year to wear a cap and carry a clipboard.

  6. Without that flag, you don’t have the First Amendment. Pretty easy to see who here missed the day they taught logic in their school.

    I am now a Drew Brees fan, the guy has a clue here.

  7. OK then! Let’s see how much of a celebration of freedom is accorded to those who disagree with Kapernick! Either his message or his means of delivering it!

  8. He doesn’t have to stand, but everyone is well within their rights to call him a turd and disrespectful because that does not interfere with the laws of the land either.

  9. As a non-white combat veteran and former college football player, I have no problem with what Kaepernick. I support his right to protest. The anthem and flag aren’t my flag any more than they are the anthem and flag of people who had no interest in serving in the military.

    There shouldn’t be anthems or flags played at sporting events. They aren’t played in shopping malls, hospitals, theaters, factories or offices. The anthem and flag don’t belong in stadiums. The anthem and flag belong in government offices (of course including law enforcement) and military bases.

  10. This action is divisive and counter productive because NO it did not increase the discussion of the real problem of race relations and he has done absolutely nothing to help that cause. He drew attention to himself and to disrespecting the flag but that has done nothing to solve the actual problem. Which is why Brees said what he said. It could have been any cause and it would not have mattered because it was not about the cause, it was about Kaepernik and the flag which isn’t the real problem. It could have been about breast cancer and we would still be talking about Kaepernick and the flag.

  11. Grown men who can’t handle a grown man not standing up. He’s not disrespecting the flag; he has no feeling for it.

    Kaepernick has more guts than any of these armchair patriots who claim to know so much about a man’s “true” intentions. Can we get more Americant than that?

  12. Since when did the flag become an idol of worship to which we are obligated to bow? The extreme reaction against choosing merely to sit during the anthem is bizarre and a bit frightening, to be honest.

  13. Blind allegiance to a flag, any flag, is a bad idea.

    I find it ironic that most of the “fall in line” guys on here fancy themselves Patriots and honestly believe if this were 1775 they would be signing up to help cast out the British but the reality is they most likely would be sitting in a pub telling their friends, “if these revolutionaries would just go along they wouldn’t be hung by our Lord the King. It’s their own fault it happens to them”.

  14. “The moment that the law requires any of us to stand for the national anthem is the moment that our freedoms would suffer serious infringement.” You mean like requiring a bake to bake a cake if it’s against their personal beliefs or be fined and lose their business, or requiring people to buy health insurance or pay a fine?

  15. You shouldn’t sit down to stand up for anything? Ridiculous. All the peaceful sit-ins and protests over the centuries have been worthless? Wow.

  16. Too late.

    You let your true feelings show.

    You live and work in and around a city full of people experiencing the very things Kaepernick says he is against and you uttered not word one.

    Now you’re critical of his right to protest?

    And now going Rodney Harrison?

  17. qb1342 says:
    Aug 31, 2016 8:41 AM

    Without that flag, you don’t have the First Amendment. Pretty easy to see who here missed the day they taught logic in their school.

    Wrong, the Constitution confers our rights to us under the First Amendment. The flag has nothing to do with it. And by the way, maybe the reaction to Kaep sitting says more about us than about him.

  18. You don’t “sit down” to “stand up” for something, ever!
    Rosa Parks disagrees. As does the participants of the Greensboro sit-ins.

    Forced patriotism is not freedom. The freedom NOT to stand is real freedom and what we should strive for. The Soviet Union made people stand and pledge their patriotism, as does N. Korea, as have many other totalitarian regimes throughout history. If you want freedom, that means you support peoples right to do things that you don’t necessarily agree with.

  19. It’s a matter of respect – for the flag and for the anthem. You are not required to stand for either but not to do so shows disrespect, and that pisses a lot of people off and they (probably making a tad less than he makes) speak up. He has the right to show disrespect and they – we – have the right to speak up.

    This is just about exercising our individual freedoms.

    BTW – a black man murdered two Catholic nuns last week. Anybody hear about that?

  20. BTW – a black man murdered two Catholic nuns last week. Anybody hear about that?

    How is this relevant? Do you think that since a black man murdered someone, that this somehow invalidates the issue that Kaepernick was protesting?

    This is exactly why this Kaepernick protest is such a sticky issue for public figures like Brees to comment on. There are people like Brees, who’s criticism of Kaepernick is about decorum, but who don’t disagree with the issue he’s protesting. And then there are others whose criticism is really about the issue he’s protesting. Those like Brees are seen as placing ceremonial decorum ahead of real issues of rights, as if standing during the Star Spangled Banner is more important than an exercise of the First Amendment in a protest of the violations of Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights.

  21. My dream is to make 11 million and wear a cap and carry a clip board. Not ashamed to admit it either.

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