Alvin Kamara: I talked to Drew Brees, it’s time to be part of the solution

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Saints running back Alvin Kamara says he wants to move forward after addressing the recent comments quarterback Drew Brees made equating kneeling during the national anthem with disrespect for America.

Kamara posted on twitter a video of Fox News personality Laura Ingraham telling LeBron James to “Shut up and dribble” rather than express his political views, followed by Ingraham saying, “He’s allowed to have an opinion” regarding Brees. Kamara said black athletes are shut down when expressing their views.

“This is the reality we live in,” Kamara wrote. “This isn’t about pinning black against white, but more so about the narrative that is created when a black person speaks and when a white person speaks. Pay attention. This is why we protest! This is why we take a knee! To be HEARD. Nothing more.”

Kamara then added, however, that he had a good conversation with Brees.

“I’ve had a day to digest the comments that Drew made,” Kamara wrote. “I was disappointed and hurt. We talked and i explained to him where he dropped the ball and he understood. But now it’s time for us to be part of the solution, not the problem. We have to educate to progress.”

Publicly, at least, Brees’s teammates seem to be accepting his apology. But there’s work to be done about being part of the solution.

16 responses to “Alvin Kamara: I talked to Drew Brees, it’s time to be part of the solution

  1. In 4 seasons Wentz has 0 playoff wins 48 regular season 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. he has started 5-6 in 3 of his first 4 seasons. Nick Foles is 24-6 in his last 30 games as an Eagle

  2. very measured and intelligent commentary by Kamara.

    and he’s right about Laura Ingram on Fox News…she was wrong and hypocritical in the example he used. but if Kamara was truly trying to be non-divisive, he should have also listed the hundreds (maybe thousands) of similar hypocritical examples that can easily be found on CNN, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC…pointing out one example on the conservative side of things in Fox news (and Kamara should have also noted Ingram long ago apologized for her obvious mistake) and not pointing out any on the liberal side of things (when there’s literally thousands of examples) is exactly what many in the black community are telling the white community about being willingly complicit.

    Kamara’s comments were spot on…his actions with only pointing out Ingram were willingly complicit in being divisive (to conservatives, obviously to liberals the pom poms are out).

    Hypocrisy abounds!

  3. So Kamara waited to speak with Brees and have an actual conversation before burning him at the stake virtually on Twitter?

    Hear that Michael Thomas?

  4. By being part of the solution, you mean the $5,000,000 he donated? The specific reference to the civil rights movement in his first statement? Drew’s apparent interpretation of disrespecting the flag simply refers to intentionally kneeling during the anthem, when the intent is to stand in unity. I mean, the guy even goes on to specifically mention that he stands with hand on heart to pay respects to his family that was in the military AND the civil rights movement.

    He has every right to be offended by those kneeling. That in no way detracts from what is going on in this world right now. I’m bummed to see him completely retract because people felt compelled to bully him into it. What a shame…

  5. Look in a mirror, guys!!! How many of you praised Brees for initially speaking out about the flag, yet i the past have written that athletes who just happen to be POC should keep their mouths shut and play? I know most will angrily dismiss his words, but just maybe one or two people out there can look beyond race and a dogmatic belief system to actually use their intellect and see he has a point. If you are thankfully that one or two, share your new ideas. That is the only way to get better. Just not being racist is not enough anymore.

    Is he talking to you?

  6. cobrala2 says:
    June 4, 2020 at 3:50 pm
    What IS the solution?

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    Non POC taking a step back to deeply consider the issues here: for them to speak, listen, learn, and then become an active ally in creating substantive change.

  7. tlrtucker says:
    June 4, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    “I’m bummed to see him completely retract because people felt compelled to bully him into it. What a shame…”

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    Such is the sad state of discourse in the US these days. People pay lip service to wanting to “start a dialogue” and “have a conversation” and “address these issues” when all they really want is to play gotcha politics and tear people down.

    It takes two parties to have a conversation and it requires them both to listen. It cannot work if one party is afraid to speak their mind for fear of reprisal.

  8. tlrtucker says:
    June 4, 2020 at 3:55 pm

    He has every right to be offended by those kneeling. That in no way detracts from what is going on in this world right now. I’m bummed to see him completely retract because people felt compelled to bully him into it. What a shame…

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    As stated by no person of color ever. Privilege much?

    Also, ask Brees if he is being bullied. He didn’t seem to mind the negative attention a few months ago when he did that bring your bible to school thing for the org that has loudly and publicly fought against LGBTQ human rights. But that doesn’t fit your idea of the world where someone who feels like you do realizes their mistake, and actually cares that their myopic views hurt people they respect.

  9. Hypocrisy abounds!

    Hopefully you are joking! Fox is the most racist and ignorant conspiracy fed Entertainment Station. They tolerate Tucker Carlson, Hannity, and Ingraham……they are white power advocates without hoods. Drew made an ill timed statement that was insensitive in the moment and should have been called out. Facts matter and Ingraham has a very casual relationship with them hence her position on Fox.

  10. nofaceangler says:
    June 4, 2020 at 4:05 pm

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    As stated by no person of color ever. Privilege much?

    Also, ask Brees if he is being bullied. He didn’t seem to mind the negative attention a few months ago when he did that bring your bible to school thing for the org that has loudly and publicly fought against LGBTQ human rights. But that doesn’t fit your idea of the world where someone who feels like you do realizes their mistake, and actually cares that their myopic views hurt people they respect.

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    My color or privilege has no bearing here, but good try. I clearly said he has the right to feel offended. I never agreed or disagreed with him. The problem many people have right now (not specifically related to race, or this specific topic) is that nobody can have an opinion anymore. If someone disagrees, they are publicly shamed and bullied or canceled.

    You are clearly upset about this and I feel for you man. But lets not race bait. My comments had nothing to do with my race or privilege.

  11. I am a While male of privilege I am somewhat uncomfortable giving an opinion but here goes… I have not stood for the national anthem for several years. I had no problem with Kapernick kneeling. The only reason they even show the national anthem on television is because the NFL gets money from the military to do so… when I was young they went right to the kickoff.. I support the military by paying my taxes and voting for politicians who try y to give them MORE benefits not lip service … if people like Drew Brees do not get it by now they never will

  12. I respect people more when they voice their opinion (no matter how idiotic it sounds to me) and stick by it. This quick retraction by “diamond man” are money/fame/endorsement related and not indicative of a light going on in his pea brain.

    If he didn’t still have some arm strength he would not be “accepted” for his “new understanding” anyway.

  13. tlrtucker says:
    June 4, 2020 at 4:29 pm
    My color or privilege has no bearing here, but good try. I clearly said he has the right to feel offended. I never agreed or disagreed with him. The problem many people have right now (not specifically related to race, or this specific topic) is that nobody can have an opinion anymore. If someone disagrees, they are publicly shamed and bullied or canceled.

    Are you serious? You castigated him, calling for shame because he changed his opinion on a matter of race. People he respects called out his comments for being racist. Your response is that he has a right to his opinion, but it is shameful that people call him out on it? Don’t try to double back, sir. Apparently for you it is beyond the realm of possibility that Brees saw the error in his ways. That isn’t an example of privilege?
    Clearly, you not only disagree with his changing his mind, but you disagree with the premise that he could change his mind about something people he respected had a heart to heart with him about. You may not feel that your belief has to do with race, but I bet there are not many POC who find it unbelievable that he could see the error of his myopic lack of empathy. Clearly, you do not see it as such. Am I wrong? Why is it a shame that he changed his mind after thoughtful people came to him and expressed their pain? But I guess I’m focusing on race, huh? Instead, it’s time for you to stop ignoring it. Check yourself dude. Go out and talk and learn from others.

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