Drew Brees still doesn’t agree with kneeling during national anthem

AP

When Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest racial inequality and police brutality, many took issue with his protests by approaching it from their own contexts.

And while Kaepernick made it clear his issue wasn’t with the military — in fact, he switched from sitting to kneeling immediately after talking with former Green Beret Nate Boyer — that became the straw man that many latched onto to make it a national issue.

When it happened, Saints quarterback Drew Brees made it clear he didn’t have a problem with the message, but disagreed with Kaepernick’s method.

His stance hasn’t changed, now that the possibility returns that more players might want to take a knee.

I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in an interview with Yahoo Finance. “Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed.

“Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”

That’s absolutely Brees’ perspective, and he’s within his rights to stand proudly. That opinion may not be shared by others, perhaps including his teammates.

Given the added symbolism that “taking a knee” has gained following the death of George Floyd, it seems certain that it will remain a topic that brings anything but unity.

42 responses to “Drew Brees still doesn’t agree with kneeling during national anthem

  1. And thats the beauty of a free society, he can do and feel what he wants. Just like the guys who feel the other way.

  2. Brees is like a whole lot of other people, he just doesn’t get it. Taking a knee is not disrepecting the flag. If he took the time to have a real discussion with someone that did take a knee he might begin to understand that. Burning the flag is disrespecting the flag.

  3. Somehow he will be chastised for a perfectly sane and understanding position

  4. They didn’t fight for the flag. They fought for our country to be free of oppressive governments. If that standard is not being held by our government a silent protest during the anthem is a great way to bring that awareness without violence.

  5. Not a Drew Brees nor a Saints fan, but TOTALLY agree with him on this. Good for him for speaking out without necessarily agreeing (nor disagreeing) with all the PC rhetoric out there. He’s right, we do have a long way to go, and we do need to be united as country to get there.

  6. He’s basically announcing that he still doesn’t get it. It’s supposed to make you uncomfortable to bring attention to the issue. His line of thinking is why we are here right now. Some people remain willfully ignorant.

  7. He is free to have an opinion, just like me and countless others that are in the stands for games. And I’ll be taking a knee to show my support for those that are oppressed by the very government and society for which the flag symbolizes.

  8. Sounds like a reporter asking questions with ONLY the intent to stir the pot. Brees should be smarter than taking the bait.

  9. Not a Drew Brees nor a Saints fan, but TOTALLY agree with him on this. Good for him for speaking out without necessarily agreeing (nor disagreeing) with all the PC rhetoric out there. He’s right, we do have a long way to go, and we do need to be united as country to get there.

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    Agreed. I don’t like Bree’s any more or less, but I do respect his ability to stand up for what he believes, and respect what others believe. We could use more of that during these uncertain times.

  10. Is Brees attempting to claim the mantel of patriotism based on his relatives service? Why didn’t he serve? How is it he can’t acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of POC who have fought for American values abroad, only to be treated as second class citizens when they came home?

  11. Most people dont agree with kneeling during the anthem. Just find a different way to do it besides disrespecting an anthem that has nothing to do with the problems. Kneeling isnt going to fix anything. Actions will provide change.

  12. This shows the divide perfectly. You respect the flag because you are white and the flag respected you. Black people have not received the same respect. Drew Brees’ opinion is a perfect example of white privilege. He doesn’t know because he was never discriminated against.

  13. Whenever this comes up and someone comes out to say they believe kneeling for the flag is disrespectful, then inevitably the other side comes out and says “No, you don’t understand..”

    If we don’t understand, then your message isn’t working, is it. Change it.

  14. Saints fan here- He’s wrong. Players are taking a knee to bring attention to their cause, which is not disrepecting veterans or the flag; just because others say so. If anything it’s honoring veterans who fought for what we hold dear as you cannot do this in many countries.

  15. The President and his administration has peaceful protesters teargassed (1st amendment to peacefully assemble, anyone???) so he could hold a Bible (which he’s never read) in front of a church (in which he does not believe). It’s not about the flag.

  16. I’d prefer we stop playing the national anthem at NFL games altogether. This statement does not reflect my patriotism. But seriously, why do we do it? They dont play the anthem when you go to a concert. They dont play it when you go to a movie. The NFL has no business being an arbiter of patriotism.

  17. Is he stupid, or intentionally obtuse? No one is disrespecting the flag. That’s a false narrative.

  18. Later today he will be asked to resign like the announcer for the Sacramento Kings.

  19. qckappa says:
    June 3, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    Brees is like a whole lot of other people, he just doesn’t get it. Taking a knee is not disrepecting the flag. If he took the time to have a real discussion with someone that did take a knee he might begin to understand that. Burning the flag is disrespecting the flag.

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    I seem to remember certain people burning the flag among many other things here recently.

  20. I never understood how kneeling, an act that shows deference, suddenly becomes disrespectful during at anthem. People kneel before kings and queens to show respect. Most men kneel during marriage proposals. That line of thinking makes no sense. We aren’t talking about sitting, turning your back on, etc.

  21. So Brees believes the false narrative created by the right wing–with the sole intent to maintain the status quo? Sad. But he just boosted his election prospects in Louisiana, so for him personally it’s a win.

  22. You don’t understand so we should change our message???

    A 12 year old posted a sign in her yard which read: “We understand that we will never understand. However, we stand with you.”

    A child gets it.

  23. Well said, couldn’t agree more.

    That said, there’s no way any less than 50% of the league kneels if the league doesn’t get ahead of this like PFT and Simms eluded to the other day.

  24. Good for Drew Brees. He has the courage to say something that is true. This country has too many people who complain about anything and everything. If you live in this country you should stand during the anthem and respect all of the soldiers who fought for our freedom.

  25. There is ZERO correlation between military and sports, so if we are ever able to return to sporting events I will continue doing the same as I have done since my first USFL game when I was 4 years old: sit there with my hat on rolling my eyes.

  26. I agree with Brees, and I can promise you I will turn off any game in which I see that happen. You cannot force me to watch.

  27. Conviction is standing for what you believe in. You can disagree with Brees but he is allowed an opinion. The fact that you may not like it does not mean he cannot have an opinion.

  28. Is Brees attempting to claim the mantel of patriotism based on his relatives service? Why didn’t he serve? How is it he can’t acknowledge the hundreds of thousands of POC who have fought for American values abroad, only to be treated as second class citizens when they came home?

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    BINGO!!!!!!!

  29. enough is enough about this topic, Americans love to beat and beat a dead horse. Let’s all try and get along and make this world a better place for EVERYONE.

  30. Drew Brees knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s setting the stage to run for politics. He’s just speaking to his future base. Governor Brees sounds about right.

  31. Cue idiots in the league and probably some teammates that can’t carry his jockstrap.

  32. Brees is 100% correct….. there is a time and place to protest social injustice, and it isnt moments before a football game as they play the national anthem. Social injustice runs rampid in more countries other than the USA. Its world issue, and nothing to do with the Star Spangled Banner.

  33. “A 12 year old posted a sign in her yard which read: “We understand that we will never understand. However, we stand with you.”

    A child gets it.”

    You spelled “her parents used her as a prop to virtue signal” wrong.

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