Joe Horn: People like LeBron James criticizing Drew Brees don’t know him

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As Saints quarterback Drew Brees takes criticism for conflating kneeling during the national anthem with disrespecting the flag and the country, one former teammate is standing up for him.

Former Saints receiver Joe Horn told Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com that people like LeBron James, who bashed Brees’ comments, should get to know Brees first.

“People should not be throwing Drew Brees under the bus, and they definitely need to pump the brakes on labeling him a racist,” Horn said. “I know Drew Brees. Drew has done a lot to help black families and the black community in New Orleans. If Drew Brees didn’t love black families and low-income families he wouldn’t have helped the way he has over the years. People that are criticizing him like LeBron James and other celebrities don’t know him. They need to check his resume. I love my race. And I love New Orleans to death. But I know Drew Brees. And Drew is a good person. And until you have walked beside him and gotten to know him, his wife and family, you definitely have to give him a pass on this one and allow Drew a chance to think about what he said and come back and make this right. And I know he will.”

Some of Brees’s critics, including teammate Malcolm Jenkins, do know him. But Horn clearly believes some of the criticism Brees is getting has been unfair.

47 responses to “Joe Horn: People like LeBron James criticizing Drew Brees don’t know him

  1. Good for Joe Horn. Not ignorantly criticizing others seems like really good advice to follow.

  2. In 4 seasons Wentz has 0 playoff wins 48 Fumbles. He is 7-20 vs teams over 500. He has no heart no desire to win he has the IQ of a potato. His teammates hate him they want foles. Wentz has started 5-6 in 3 of his first 4 seasons. Foles is 24-6 in his last 30 games as an Eagle

  3. Good for Joe Horn. Unfortunately he is now going to be under a barrage of attacks. Apparently freedom of speech and expression only goes one way now.

  4. Show me in Lebron’s tweet where he called Brees a racist. I’ve gone thru it multiple times but I can’t find it. Google is not my friend today.

  5. Drew Brees is not a racist. Come on! He has family who have fought for our freedom, so the whole flag thing is personal to him, but it doesn’t mean he doesn’t respect Kaep’s FEELINGS, in fact, I’m certain he agrees with him. People need to understand that we all have different feelings and opinions about things. Agree to disagree about kneeling during the National Anthem and move on! Life’s too short to debate what’s wrong or what’s right. We’ll ALL be happier if we just move on and enjoy the good things about each other…….and there’s a lot of good things about Drew Brees.

  6. You are not allowed to criticize Drew Brees unless you get to know him first. Also, Drew Brees is allowed to criticize players who kneel without precondition. Seems fair.

  7. Sounds like Joe Horn has grown up since his playing days in to a reasonable minded, mature, fair, MAN. Raising a glass to you sir

  8. Brees May have stuck his foot in his his mouth to a degree. But his body of work to the city of New Orleans speaks for itself.

    I’m not a saints fan…..

  9. Good for Joe Horn not falling into the typical group think. Just because you don’t agree 100% with everything doesn’t mean that you don’t support the cause. Unlike Lebron, Brees doesn’t make a media spectacle when he does good things.

  10. I can see where both Brees and lebron are coming from. This is the kind of conversation we need.
    Blind patriotism is not good. Unloading on someone you don’t really know is not good either.
    Having a real conversation is good.

  11. Joe didn’t even say he agreed with him. But he KNOWS Drew Brees. His other teammates lambasting him have obviously forgotten him. Because it’s not what you say, it’s what you do. It’s not what you say you believe, but what you do to back up and strengthen your beliefs.

  12. Brees shouldn’t take anything back he said just because others don’t agree with him. That’s his beliefs and opinion. There are other ways to deal with social injustice besides the kaepernick way.

  13. Actions speak louder than words. Brees has shown to all where his heart is at. Few can match his concern and generosity. Find someone or something else to criticize.

  14. Joe Horn, noble savage.

    He’s right, we don’t know Brees. None of us do. All we do know is what he said and that is what’s on the table.

    Deal with the issue, not one made up.

  15. Oh I see. So you’re not allowed to criticize a person’s ignorant statement unless you know them personally. Got it.

  16. Brees knows what the protesting and kneeling was about. Many people see the flag and think of soldiers that fought for it. Others see America the institution, which has not been friendly to all. I wish drew could say, I’d never do that because the flag means this to me, but I respect that it means something else to others.
    I think In the end though Brees might be guilty of ignorance here but no one is going to call him a racist

  17. Good for Joe Horn? Why, because he supports your point of view. The truth is obviously Brees doesn’t know much of anything about Black people & their experience in this country. Its nice that Brees may have assisted some underprivileged people, that is good but his overall attitude is still wrong & if that makes him a racist then that is who he is. Kneeling is not disrespecting the flag, burning the flag is disrespecting the flag.

  18. Uh, a lot of his teammates who DO know him have also criticized him. And rightfully so. He still ignorantly conflates the anthem protest with disrespecting the military and the flag. It’s outright disingenuous because he knows that is not what it’s about.

  19. There is absolutely no correlation between kneeling during the anthem and disrespecting the troops. The kneeling is meant to draw attention to police brutality. That’s it. People inject the troops into the equation either because they are engaging in lazy thinking, like Brees, or they are politicians looking to rile up their base. Under any scenario, Brees exercised horrible judgment putting gas on the flames.

  20. Not a big basketball guy, but LeBron seems to be quite the finger pointer. Not crazy about people who do that.

  21. “…allow Drew a chance to think about what he said and come back and make this right. And I know he will.”

    But Joe Horn still suggests that Drew Brees will “make it right.” Meaning that Joe Horn is suggesting that kneeling is fine. Joe Horn isn’t standing up for Drew Brees if Drew still decides to keep to his original opinion. Joe Horn is simply asking everybody to give him the chance to change his view to the group think.

    My view is this… if you want to make your political statement, make it after the game is over. Personally, I don’t care if you like or dislike the flag. That is immaterial. The key here is that you have a job… do it. At the end of the day, you have every opportunity to do your rally… demonstration… or protest.

    So I hope Drew Brees sticks to his thought on this. Good for him. Its his opinion. He’s a classy guy and a community supporter. And as Joe Horn has stated, he’s done alot for the black families of New Orleans.

  22. About time some type of athlete stood up for Drew Brees. I know A LOT more really want to but this is a sensitive subject and ongoing issue that they will likely be threatened what they say. So you won’t hear as much support publicly, but inside you know Brees is getting tons of support what what he said.

  23. About time some type of athlete stood up for Drew Brees. I know A LOT more really want to but this is a sensitive subject and ongoing issue that they will likely be threatened what they say. So you won’t hear as much support publicly, but inside you know Brees is getting tons of support. Drew Brees has done a ton for the NOL community and a bunch of his teammates that he love includes plenty of African Americans.

  24. Brees’s track record of community service speaks for itself. It is unfortunate. Nobody puts a knee down because they don’t support our military’s work and Drew Brees obviously isn’t against fighting racial injustice. The song leads to alot of misunderstanding

  25. Love that Joe is defending him… But he kind of lost me at the end.
    “you definitely have to give him a pass on this one and allow Drew a chance to think about what he said and come back and make this right. And I know he will.” Joe, with all due respect, Drew gave a rational and level headed opinion. There is nothing to apologize for or walk back or make right.

  26. Usually Right says:
    June 3, 2020 at 8:56 pm
    Good for Joe Horn. Unfortunately he is now going to be under a barrage of attacks. Apparently freedom of speech and expression only goes one way now.
    ________________________________________________________________________
    When Kap was using his freedom of speech and expression it was wrongs. So Horn and Brees have that same right. Your statement is what is wrong in these days and times, its hypocritical!

  27. So does Drew Brees need to be publicly humiliated and castrated because of his views on anthem kneeling? No course not, that part is getting a little much. But at the same time, I’m genuinely shocked at how many people here STILL can’t seem to understand the argument for it.

    I mean. Brees didn’t even hesitate. He didn’t even attempt, ever after the death of George Floyd, to understand where black players are coming from on that. His insistence, without being pushed to do so, to immediately answer the question by connecting it to the military is part of the problem. They aren’t protesting the military, and he knows that, and his inability to separate the two things (like many of YOU apparently) is what these black players are getting at. To them, it’s showing where his priorities still are, whether he realizes or not. Not to mention, Drew Brees seems to have a very white-washed view of the wars.

    He always likes to bring up his father, grandfather, etc. that served in the military how he feels kneeling during the anthem disrespects them. Does he not realize there were black men that served in these wars too? Does he not realize that these black men were fighting overseas to defend a home country where the citizens looked at you as something less than human? Does he know that over a million black WWII veterans were denied the benefits of the GI Bill?

    Now…having said all that…he is entitled to how he wants to think. He does not have to like players kneeling during the anthem. But can he handle it if they do anyway? Is he going to be okay? Or is he going to scream and yell at players for doing it? (like some fans). Is he going to retire early, abandon the sport, and stop watching? (like some fans). THAT is my biggest problem. Like, you can’t handle a little silent protest that lasts 90 seconds? Real ironic that those people who REALLY can’t handle it love to call other people ‘snowflakes’.

  28. Heads are hot. The temperature is at boiling point. As a woman of colour, I beg you all. PLEASE let’s focus on the issue at hand and stop singling out individuals.

  29. Is it maybe possible for both sides of this issue to have valid points? That is, could one feel strongly that there is racial and social injustice in our nation (especially when it comes to policing and criminal justice), but also feel kneeling during the National Anthem is an inappropriate manner of expressing that frustration? Honest question.

  30. Hey, guess what? Kneeling during the anthem IS disrespecting the flag. Meaning, it’s disrespecting the country and everything it stands for. No matter what anyone says.

  31. Kudos to Horn for not piling on Brees.

    The guy donated $5M to Covid research in Louisiana and just about everybody who has ever met him thinks he’s a great guy. Now he’s being portrayed like he’s a cross between Jeff George and Donald Sterling. It’s all insane.

  32. When exactly has LeBron James not knowing something stopped him from opening his mouth?

  33. Horn may be right that the people criticizing do not know Brees. But, if those people had not criticized, there would have been zero impetus for Brees to consider his comments, which ended up with him clarifying his view. So, to me, that means those criticizing helped in this situation. And, it may help others to get a better idea now of how Brees truly thinks.

    Certain interactions can be awkward, but speaking out can help work through that awkwardness and in many cases lead to better understanding.

  34. See Malcolm Jenkins and Ed Reed? That’s how you address this thoughtfully and respectfully. Took an ex-Saint to do it but this is how it’s done

  35. “He still ignorantly conflates the anthem protest with disrespecting the military and the flag.” Just by reading the comments, it seems a lot of people do. Smh

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