Malcolm Jenkins issues strong rebuke of teammate Drew Brees

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In the aftermath of Saints quarterback Drew Brees reiterating his position that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, who re-signed with the team earlier this year after spending six seasons with the Eagles, posted a pair of videos responding to Brees on social media.

The first (more on that below) was deleted. The text of second video, which Jenkins recorded before speaking directly to Brees, appears below.

“The onslaught of sh-t that we have to deal with is f–king crazy right now,” Jenkins said. “Drew Brees, if you don’t understand how hurtful, how insensitive your comments are, you are part of the problem. To think that because your grandfathers served in this country and you have a great respect for the flag that everybody else should have the same ideals and thoughts that you do is ridiculous. And it shows that you don’t know history. Because when our grandfathers fought for this country and served and they came back, they didn’t come back to a hero’s welcome. They came back and got attacked for wearing their uniforms. They came back to people, to racism, to complete violence.

“And then here we are in 2020, with the whole country on fire. Everybody witnessing a black man dying — being murdered — at the hands of the police, just in cold blood for everybody to see. The whole country’s on fire. And the first thing that you do is criticize one’s peaceful protest that was years ago when we were trying to signal a sign for help and signal for our allies and our white brothers and sisters, the people we consider to be friends, to get involved? It was ignored. And here we are now with the world on fire and you still continue to first criticize how we peacefully protest because it doesn’t fit in what you do and your beliefs without ever acknowledging that the fact that a man was murdered at the hands of police in front of us all and that it’s been continuing for centuries, that the same brothers that you break the huddle down with before every single game, the same guys that you bleed with and go into battle with every single day go home to communities that have been decimated.

“Drew, unfortunately, you’re somebody who doesn’t understand their privilege. You don’t understand the potential that you have to actually be an advocate for the people that you call brothers. You don’t understand the history and why people like me, people with my skin color whose grandfathers fought for this country, who served, and I still protested against that — not against the national anthem but against what was happening in America and what our fabric of this country is for, or stands for. If you don’t understand that other people experienced something totally different than you, then when you talk about being a brotherhood and all this other bullsh-t, it’s just lip service or it’s only on the field. Because when we step off this field and I take my helmet off, I’m a black man walking around America and I’m telling you I’m dealing with these things, I’m telling you my communities are dealing with these things, and your response to me is, ‘Don’t talk about that here. This is not the place.’

“Drew, where is the place, Drew? I’m disappointed. I’m hurt. Because while the world tells you that you’re not worthy, that your life doesn’t matter, the last place you want to hear from are the guys that you go to war with and that you consider to be allies and to be your friends. Even though we’re teammates, I can’t let this slide.”

Jenkins used even stronger language in the deleted video, a portion of which has been posted by NFL reporter Dov Kleiman.

“Our communities are under siege, and we need help,” Jenkins said in a portion of the deleted video. “And what you’re telling us is, ‘Don’t ask for help that way. Ask for it a different way. I can’t listen when you ask that way.’ We’re done asking, Drew, and people who share your sentiments, who express those, and push them throughout the world, the airwaves, are the problem. And it’s unfortunate because I considered you a friend, I looked up to you, you’re somebody who I had a great deal of respect for, but sometimes you should shut the f–k up.”

The Saints, like most teams, likely won’t convene as a team until training camp. Until they do, the players and coaches will have to find a way to mend these fences — if that’s even possible. And the onus will squarely fall on Brees to find a way to make things right, if he hopes to reset the mood and the tone around the team as he begins what is expected to be his final NFL season.

As Jenkins typed in the Instagram post accompanying the video, “Drew’s words during his interview were extremely painful to hear and I hope he rectifies them with real action.”

92 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins issues strong rebuke of teammate Drew Brees

  1. Answer me this Malcolm, what countries better? It’s not perfect but it’s by far the best place to live in the history of the world. Look at your life!

  2. Well Drew Brees, there’s that explanation you’ve been asking for all these years.

  3. Malcolm Jenkins makes more in a year than some people make in their lifetime. And he’s going to tell us how unfair this country is? What a joke.

  4. The theory of our society is one where we are are equal. There is still more that needs to be done before we get there. Lots more.

  5. Drew Brees has every right to express himself – just as everyone else who disagrees with him has the right to express themselves. At least Drew is honest. Would folks who disagree with him rather have him tell them what they want to hear?

  6. Reckon there is no other way to peacefully protest except kneeling during the national anthem. Do you have no creativity?

  7. the players and coaches will have to find a way to mend these fences — if that’s even possible. And the onus will squarely fall on Brees to find a way to make things right
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    That is such BS.

  8. Just a reminder that Drew Brees agreed to film a video for the group Focus on the family which lobbied to make certain Americans 2nd class citizens.

    He later claimed he did not support the group and was not aware of theirs views before he filmed the video. (Wanted to add this part for full transparency)

  9. Is Brees going to need Taysom Hill top pull him out of this bind like the NFC Divisional game?

  10. Every person is entitled to his or her opinion. That’s one of the reasons why I love America.

  11. Brees didn’t say everyone else should have the same ideals. He was simply stating his beliefs. So much for tolerance…

  12. I just love reading about the oppressors lecturing the oppressed on how they should protest oppression. Absolutely nuts.

  13. Since when did protest equate with disrespect? Can we all agree one can protest with respect by not advocating violence and just trying to bring attention to injustices some people face?

  14. Yeah, Drew Brees is part of the problem. It’s rhetoric. If you don’t agree, you are the problem. Not surprised in the least that Jenkins can’t spew vitriol in return.

  15. Malcom is correct, Drew isn’t and should’ve shut up with his archaic statement. People who think like Drew Brees will need to be left behind if America is to survive.
    Signed a lifelong Saints fan

  16. Good for Jenkins. I’ve said this already….if you support Brees’ opinion and agree with what he said, you are on the wrong team. I’m not on the Republican or Democrat side of this. I’m on the right side. These folks, football players or janitors, and everything in between, have had to deal with having life be difficult because of the color of their skin. And if one way to draw attention to this injustice is to kneel before the flag, you should sit there and put yourself in their shoes for one second instead of telling everyone why your beliefs are somehow the beliefs that everyone should share because we are all “Americans”.

  17. Until we learn to respect other’s opinion, things will continue to go down hill.

    Just because I don’t agree with the delivery, doesn’t mean I don’t respect the opinion.

    Something needs to change to get this country back on track, but if the delivery of your message is offending to others, the message will not be heard as intended.

  18. This just in…brees called Jenkins BEFORE he posted video to talk. And he still posted? Why didn’t he say they talked?

  19. ‘The onus is on Brees to make this right.’ Just exactly how does he he do that?

    How about this – ‘Malcolm and all other offended teammates, Please forgive me for choosing my own words.’

  20. The Star Spangled Banner is too militaristic as a national anthem. The National Anthem should be America the Beautiful. They can still play Star at military events, parades, whatever. It should be disconnected from sports.

  21. “And what you’re telling us is, ‘Don’t ask for help that way. Ask for it a different way”

    That’s nowhere in the quotes that I read. I guess it’s ok to twist someones words around and then condemn them for something they didn’t say.

  22. Who would have ever dreamed that a player would be vilified for saying he believes in the American flag and what it signifies. Unbelievable.

  23. tom brady just got to the NFC south and the saints have already started to fall apart. that dude is a magician …

  24. Just one more reason to avoid social media. He never said anything negative, just that he doesn’t agree with disrespecting the flag. That’s how he feels. Never said anything about police injustice. If he were anyone else he would’ve been cut already. Pathetic.

  25. Way to go Malcolm you just split your locker room so now the Buccaneers can win the NFC south easier. When Drew Brees retires the Saints are going to really miss him.

  26. GG people. The blunt truth that some seem not to realize. Free speech doesn’t give damn about your ‘insensitivities’. Likewise, no one has a right to not be offended.

    Honest question: what’s the goal of the knee-kneeling movement? Is it simply ‘awareness’? What solutions are being proposed? What are the pig socks and destructive behavior accomplishing to these ends?

    It defies common sense to upset the very people to whom you’re trying to raise awareness and act as if ‘this is the only way’.

  27. When did Kneeling become disrespectful ? You go to church and kneel while praying. First and foremost, Patriotism is all about the shared community with your fellow countrymen. Flag and anthems are just the symbolism of it. When someone is more concerned about the symbolism over the life and human dignity of your neighbors, it is not about patriotism anymore.

  28. s
    qdog112 says:
    June 3, 2020 at 7:22 pm
    Meanwhile, did you hear what Tom Brady said?

    Me either.

    Yeah , he actually did put out a statement.

  29. Who would have ever dreamed that a player would be vilified for saying he believes in the American flag and what it signifies. Unbelievable.

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    We have entered the bizzaro world. I think some people are just looking to play the offended victim at every turn.

  30. Hey players and coaches…..try “no comment”. Amiright Brees & Fangio? You can be a non racist but unless you say exactly the right thing you will still get crushed….unreal

  31. You only have a right to your opinion, as long as it is the same as mine.

    -America

  32. Interesting that everyone must respect Colin Kaepernick’s freedom of expression but Drew Brees freedom of speech isn’t protected?

  33. I hope Malcolm exercises his privilege during 11 on 11 drills and drills Drew Brees.

  34. So that is how the Brees era ends, sacrificed at the altar of political correctness and hating America. Impossible to imagine an NFL ten years ago in which the players were overtly anti American. I think I am done with the NFL.

  35. Malcom: Someone disagreed with my opinion on social media. Time to go nuclear on them.

    Pathetic.

  36. Drew sad to say your team doesn’t have your back. God Bless that you have the courage to talk about what is passionate to you.

  37. Amazing times we are living in.

    We all have the right to free speech under the 1st Amendment to the Constitution……Unless what you express, even in a measured respectful manner, happens to disagree with the flavor of the month party line.

  38. Everyone make a statement but it better be what I want to hear. How messed up is that?

  39. Malcolm is, as usual, too hot-headed and too emotional to logically work for a solution. He was this way in Philly too.

  40. Agree with Brees. You don’t disrespect the flag. There are other ways to deal with social injustice without kneeling down. You stand and face the flag for the country you live in.

  41. Mr Jenkins, with all due respect, Drew Brees didn’t say others have to agree with his point of view, you did. What he said is that he takes it as a sign of disrespect to the flag, and that’s his right. It doesn’t mean he might not agree on the racial aspect of the issue.

  42. It takes only one guy on the OL to miss a block and old man Drew Brees is going to end up flat
    as a pancake. Actions speak louder than words.

  43. those who equate ‘fairness’ to his net worth ….huh? because he’s rich he’s shouldn’t complain….oh right $$$$$$$$ is everything…wonder what value you put on your own freedom?

  44. I dont know how what brees said is so terrible. But i personally would rather protest police brutality otherways than kneeling during the national anthem but each person can do what they want as long as they dont get fired for it. If i had millions of dollars perhaps donating to good causes would do more good.

  45. The NFL was so popular for so long because it was something that black people and white people could share. We may be seeing the end of that. Simmering resentment, grievances and hostility between teammates and players and the fans are going to make it a lot less appealing for people to watch. Good thing they signed the CBA!!!

  46. Heck, the biggest threat to a non football season this Fall may not be due to Covid 19. With all of the Acrimony that’s evidently brewing; I wouldn’t put it past the players to sit out or stage a boycott..!! It’s beyond getting ugly at this point.!

  47. Jenkins has the right to say what ever he wants and so does Brees…that being said if Jenkins thinks he won anyone over with his comments he did not..

  48. Simple question, how can you respect your country that promotes freedom and equality, but yet continues to have incidents like George Floyd along with other African Americans ? It should be an embarrassment.

  49. The cop who tortured/killed Mr. Floyd deserves to be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. The proper conduct -while the national anthem is played- is to stand, not kneel or sit. Both of these statements are accurate and true. Believing either one of these ideas doesn’t negate the other. Why doesn’t Malcolm Jenkins or Lebron James or anyone else comprehend that?

    Logical people can have more than one opinion.

  50. Yall need to stop with the team dissention,especially making it public. What good can come of it? Tyring to tear both your team and fans apart? Cmon man.

  51. It’s amazing that, after all that’s happened, Brees (or anyone, really) STILL equates kneeling with disrespect of the flag. Paying no attention, Mr Brees?

  52. As far as Brees statement:

    “Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel.”

    -Samuel Johnson 1775

    Good for Jenkins.

  53. stellarperformance says:
    June 3, 2020 at 7:25 pm
    The Star Spangled Banner is too militaristic as a national anthem. The National Anthem should be America the Beautiful.

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    Totally agree. America, the Beautiful should be our National Anthem. It’s a beautiful song. Few people who aren’t professional singers have the range to sing the Star-Spangled Banner anyway.

  54. As an Eagles fan, I’m a fan of Jenkins, but there’s no doubt the dude has always wanted to be heard more than he’s willing to listen.

  55. I’m not offended by Brees comments but his delivery is what has other athletes fans and people mad and I can see why. I understand the anger towards mine but people came at Brees like bullets. I don’t know Brees personally but I’d be very surprised if he was a closeted racist.

  56. Drew should’ve said I don’t agree but I respect their opinions, and it wouldn’t have been any problem, but t Brees is being about Brees.

  57. Malcolm Jenkins historically rebukes people who don’t agree with Malcolm Jenkins. Nothing new here.

  58. mjimmym says:
    June 3, 2020 at 7:26 pm

    Who would have ever dreamed that a player would be vilified for saying he believes in the American flag and what it signifies. Unbelievable.
    ______________________________

    Unbelievable how you left out the “no respect” part, which is the main issue with what Brees said.

  59. “Drew Brees, …. you are part of the problem.” “Drew, unfortunately, you’re somebody who doesn’t understand their privilege. You don’t understand the potential that you have to actually be an advocate for the people that you call brothers.” “Our communities are under siege, and we need help,” Jenkins said in a portion of the deleted video.

    MARCH 26, 2020 – Drew Brees is giving back to the community in a big way during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The New Orleans Saints quarterback announced Thursday, he and his family will donate $5 million to help deliver meals to needy people in Louisiana.

    “Brittany and I are committing $5,000,000 to the State of Louisiana in 2020,” Brees wrote. “The priority now is helping our communities get through this tough time. After considerable research and conversations with local organizations, we will be mobilizing our partnerships with Second Harvest Food Bank, Ochsner Health Systems, Walk-Ons, Jimmy Johns, Smalls Sliders and Waitr to prepare and deliver over 10,000 meals per day throughout Louisiana for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need. Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”

  60. Usually Right says:
    June 3, 2020 at 7:56 pm
    Interesting that everyone must respect Colin Kaepernick’s freedom of expression but Drew Brees freedom of speech isn’t protected?
    —-
    I’m sorry but when did the NFL blackball Brees? Isn’t he still in the league? So where is this respect of Kaep’s freedom of expression you’re talking about?

  61. I think it is time for the NFL to create a time dedicated to promoting justice during the pregame activities. Separate from the national anthem so the sole focus will be on the issue of racial justice in this country. This way no one has to choose a side on the flag and the anthem. Time to unite over the issue. It would be a powerful statement that everyone could get behind.

  62. Both millionaires are impossible to follow.

    Both are privileged simply by the money they make. Both are still entitled to their opinion. I don’t care which side you’re on just like this current looting and harm being done. You are still entitled to your opinion. This is why Malcolm is wrong. He didn’t say hey Drew is welcome to his opinion and we should sit down and have a discussion, NO he uses social media to blast a guy. He’s no better here to me.

    Malcom has always done great community work. What he misses and all these guys miss is that they want to be seen and heard, just like the people they disagree with want. You can’t have a free country and list all the reasons people have to agree with you.

  63. I think Brees has probably done more for NOLA than any other player. Actions > words

  64. Jenkins is still mad Drew threw that ball over his head on 4th down in the eagles game for a touchdown

  65. The criticism against Drew is unfair, he is entitled to his own view and opinion, this doesn’t mean he doesn’t have empathy and compassion for what others go through and from what I have seen his entire career he has lived a life of helping those not as fortunate as he is. If Drew said he understood he would have been submitted to even more bashing with everyone saying there is no way and accuse him of white privilege.
    As a Veteran I feel the same way as Drew, during the national anthem is not the time to protest but for more than just 1 reason. Protest before the game, protest after the game, protest on every interview just do not protest when you are at work. If you are committed, I mean truely committed you should stand at the gates off the grounds and protest as the fans come into the parking. If that doesn’t gain enough attention you give up your paychecks and protest by not playing! That is being committed to your cause, not doing it during the anthem and saving your paycheck also!

  66. Why doesn’t Jenkins address the looting and fires that are causing destruction in this country in addition to Brees’s comments. However the timing Brees used to make his comments were another matter.

  67. Ryan Dubose says:
    June 3, 2020 at 9:20 pm
    I dont know how what brees said is so terrible. But i personally would rather protest police brutality otherways than kneeling during the national anthem but each person can do what they want as long as they dont get fired for it. If i had millions of dollars perhaps donating to good causes would do more good.
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    This is the answer. Put your money where your mouth is. If people feel so strongly about an injustice, then put money towards the cause. It is a lot easier to kneel though and still have all your money. I will say some athletes donate a million here and there, but they likely don’t even feel a change in their own life by donating what they do. Put your money where your mouth is.

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