Drew Brees apologizes again

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has issued a second apology for his widely criticized comments likening kneeling during the national anthem to disrespecting America.

Brees posted a video on Instagram looking into the camera, saying again that he’s sorry, and promising to work for change.

“I know there’s not much I can say that would make things better right now, but I just want you to see in my eyes how sorry I am for the comments I made yesterday,” Brees said. “I am sorry, and I will do better, and I will be part of the solution, and I am your ally.”

Brees said he will champion causes that work for equality for black people. But he did not say whether he has changed his view of kneeling during the national anthem, which was the central issue that saw him take so much criticism from players around the league, including on the Saints.

Teammates indicated that they accepted Brees’s apology, but this issue likely won’t go away, and the national anthem before the Saints’ first game will be watched closely, for what Brees does and what his teammates do.

70 responses to “Drew Brees apologizes again

  1. Sounds like we’re almost to the point where Alejandro Villanueva will be the only one left standing for the anthem.

  2. Regardless of how many times he apologizes, there are those who will not forgive him at all. We all fall short from time to time – no exceptions. Drew Brees does not deserve to be vilified for one incident. It’s really a sad testament to other people’s inability to agree to disagree and their lack of forgiveness. Is that who we are now? Is that what we’ve become as a nation? If so, that’s a tragedy.

  3. I have great respect for Drew Brees after he donated over $5 million to New Orleans for hurricane relief.
    He gave an opinion about our flag.
    When others gave a counter opinion, he was castigated.
    I believe the benevolent Drew Brees and his character as a human being.

  4. Huge gap in these multiple apologies. He can’t say he supports the cause while still holding on to his kneeling exception. First game will be telling…

  5. Apologize for what? Being patriotic? When did that mean racism? This country is becoming such a joke.

  6. Drew STOP APOLOGIZING!! You have the right to your OWN OPINIONS, and if people have an issue with something you feel strongly about THEN THAT’S THEIR ISSUE not yours!! This idea that someone should be FORCED to tow the line is the reason this country is falling apart at the seams. We stood up against tyranny once remember that? Back in the day we screamed at the top of our lungs that a country that embraced communism (like the Soviet Union) was a country that was forcing it’s people to WALK THE LINE. We said that the United States was the country OF THE FREE, and in this country it was perfectly OK to speak your mind, and have your own thoughts and feelings, and that is what separated us from them. What happened to that? How have we become the very thing we used to rail against? When did it become not OK to have a different opinion about something?

  7. Will someone PLEASE tell me what Drew Brees said that is offensive. I see all kinds of opinions on all kinds of these stories so I know someone who was offended by Drew’s comments will read this. Please let me know what was offensive about his comment about kneeling for the anthem. And “LeBron James and Malcolm Jenkins said I should be offended” might not be the best response but there’s no wrong answer.

  8. Drew Brees is a quality human being. He does not deserve the abuse being spewed.

  9. nunya says:
    June 4, 2020 at 8:58 pm
    Drew Brees does not deserve to be vilified for one incident.

    ——

    He didnt do anything wrong

  10. I am proud of Drew Brees for standing up and doing all he can to make it right. He deserves a second chance because he is honorable and knows he screwed up. Restoring someone may not be want you want to do, but it’s the needful thing to do. If we keep vilifying him, it will expose an even greater problem within our country.

  11. Well, things changed didnt they
    from Brees wanting an explanation to offering explanations – twice

  12. Remember when Drew & his wife invested so heavily in New Orleans after Katrina… when pretty much everyone wrote that town off for dead… cancel culture spares no one and has a memory of 8 seconds

  13. I mean at some point, isn’t it ok to just say he should have known better but obviously didn’t? Nothing he said was malicious, it was just ignorant and misguided. We have people talking about how he’s cancelled and a horrible person. That doesn’t help the step forward

  14. Drew Brees doesn’t need to apologize. It’s his opinion in regards to the flag. He did it because he’s being scrutinized be his peers.

  15. I don’t agree with Drew Brees’ initial comments. I don’t understand how anyone could be offended by someone practicing their freedom of speech/expression, the very freedom our military fights for and our flag represents. Drew Brees is allowed is opinion. Just like everyone else is allowed to have an opinion on his opinion. If the feedback Drew Brees gets on his opinion makes him change his opinion to another view that is also fine. Brees is not being strong armed he’s allowed to rethink his point of view.

  16. “…the national anthem before the Saints’ first game will be watched closely,..”

    Will it? There’s quite a bit of time left to make matters worse for the nfl viewership. i know i’ve about had enough and am pretty sure alot of other fans of the game are teetering on turning the channel.

  17. This is the best country in the world. If you don’t like it you’re welcome to leave.

  18. This man has done so much good for his community and unfortunately a poorly worded statement has somehow boxed him into being part of the problem. I have no doubt that he is sincere in wanting to be apart of the solution and yet feels strongly about the symbolism that the flag represents and the sacrifices that his family has made for our country. Maybe we give him a pass on one statement and judge him for his actions throughout the years.

  19. He should never have apologized for having an opinion about the proper way to protest although his timing was extraordinarily bad. Now he looks spineless and his apology meaningless, coming only as a result of public pressure to be politically correct. Go away Drew. Time to retire and go into retirement.

  20. Brees listened and responded. Tony Dungy was right that this is an example we need.

  21. In the sports world , taking a knee for an injured player on the field/court is a sign of respect and for taking a moment for prayer. Taking a knee may be the ultimate respect for the flag to some.

    Brees is trying to show empathy and/or sympathy. He deserves some latitude here.

  22. He said nothing wrong. He should not have apologized. Just more groveling but never enough until you submit and kneel. Sports isn’t fun anymore and I’m not going to support this insanity.

  23. Teammates, Lebron James, everyone are out to destroy this man who has done more for his community then i’ve seen any of them do for their respective cities.He literally just donated a million dollars to fight covid in New Orleans.

    I could understand if he said i don’t support the black lives matter movement but he literally just said the National Anthem is sacred and he won’t ever kneel for it or support players who do.Thats his right and its something alot of americans hold sacred doesn’t make him evil, racist, or a bad person.

    Shannon Sharpe or anyone else calling for him to retire or be fired are flat out wrong.

  24. Can’t we all just get along? People make mistakes. Forgive and forget. Or does everyone just want blood?

  25. These are disgusting times when people need to apologize for saying and doing the right thing… For shame… For shame…

  26. The guy is thrown into a fire because of a non pc statement.
    Football players should just block, catch, run and throw so they won’t have to go on a national apology tour every time they give an opinion that isn’t football related.

  27. Kaep was vilified. Kaep blackballed. Yet, other athletes in all sports don’t stand with him? For him? Talk about having a platform to make a change, why do these players leave Kaep out on a limb by himself? Why keep playing and collecting a paycheck while Kaep’s career ended for what he believes in? Now a lot of players calling out Brees yet they didn’t support Kaep and kept playing, kept collecting paychecks, let Kaep take the fall by himself…looks like Brees isn’t the only one paying lip service. What a statement athletes could make by refusing to play.

  28. If you said it, texted it, tweeted it, instagrammed it, facebooked it, you meant it.

    Sure people can change. I don’t think he’s a racist. I think he thinks things have gotten better and that’s enough.

    It isn’t.

    But you said it, so own it, and just do better tomorrow. I’ll respect you more.

  29. Drew Brees doesn’t owe anybody an apology for what he believes in. He is probably gonna receive threats for the comments he publicly made. It is sad and unfortunate. Many people failed to see his point of view, so much fo freedom of speech. You can’t please everyone. He should have stood his stance on this.

  30. I’m still trying to figure out what was wrong with his original statement. All Americans should be grateful and proud to live here. People all over the world want to live here, well at least before all the looting and rioting.

  31. Once words come out of your mouth you can’t bring them back, he aplogized lets move on

  32. Why does kneeling during the anthem have to be the only way? Why can’t it be ok to revere that song as something sacred?
    There has to be common ground somewhere that respects the flag AND the opposition to racial violence.

    To me, that is where Brees is trying to get to. And honestly, shouldn’t all of us?

  33. PLEASE STOP. you’ll never appease the mob. Your actions over the past 20 years mean more. Your actions going forward will be 50 times greater than the those who are condemning you.

  34. Maybe he’s thinking about the broadcasting job that just went up in smoke.

  35. It’s really a sad testament to other people’s inability to agree to disagree and their lack of forgiveness. Is that who we are now? Is that what we’ve become as a nation? If so, that’s a tragedy.

    ___

    Yes, its exactly where we are. We are in an “us versus them” state of affairs on almost every subject. No one wants to listen to another persons points of view, but then gets mad when the other side doesnt listen to theirs.

  36. Retire bro! Take your millions and your beautiful family to a quiet place. Sadly, the idiot mob has won.

  37. He doesn’t mean it. For over 3 years it was make known that it wasn’t against the military. If he doesnt really know by know, he chooses not to know, just like the right wing fools. He just put a huge asterisk on the end of his career.

  38. Drew Brees was Right in what he originally said, then apologized, now apologizing again. Pathetic.

  39. raiderdave31 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 8:02 am
    Why does kneeling during the anthem have to be the only way? Why can’t it be ok to revere that song as something sacred?
    There has to be common ground somewhere that respects the flag AND the opposition to racial violence.

    To me, that is where Brees is trying to get to. And honestly, shouldn’t all of us?
    ———————-

    I think what you said is a great starting point. It is unfortunate that a protest against police brutality and racial oppression coincided with honoring the fallen. The FLAG part is the issue that should be explored more. While some may see the flag as a symbol of the lives lost to fight for freedom, someone might see that as symbol for their experience as an American. Being a black man in America is a FAR different experience than being WHITE man. Start the conversation, understand each others feelings and positions, and grow.

    The hard stance of “We will keep kneeling, your not listening” VS. “Nobody should disrespect the anthem, fallen soldiers, etc.” gets us nowhere.

  40. The apology isn’t sincere so I don’t know why he’s doing this. Just retire. The way you’ll be viewed in your locker room is forever tarnished. People keep talking about him stating his opinion when that’s not what he did. He blatantly ignored the question to give a nonsensical spiel on something that has nothing to do with the military. It was gross to watch.

  41. 3percenter4life says:
    June 4, 2020 at 9:06 pm
    Drew STOP APOLOGIZING!! You have the right to your OWN OPINIONS, and if people have an issue with something you feel strongly about THEN THAT’S THEIR ISSUE not yours!!
    ////////
    You’re the problem bro. You literally just said Brees can speak his mind, but people cannot speak theirs and speak out against him.

    A lot of people need to hear this part, and some of you may need to read is twice…
    FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS NOT FREEDOM FROM CONSEQUENCES

  42. Why did he have to apologize? Is this what America is coming too? If you don’t speak politically correct you’re doomed?

  43. How much money and time did Drew Brees give to the state of Louisiana after Katrina to help rebuild, help home and feed people, help families etc. Just because Brees doesnt agree with it being done during the Anthem does not make him racist, or unapologetic. I personally feel that if you want to protest, MAKE your own platform to do it, or use one provided to you for making your points. Im sure Colin knew beforehand that if he asked management or the NFL if he could use the Anthem as a time to do a silent protest and kneel they would have said no.

    Yes, sadly at a time like an NFL Game, live and televised audiences would all be subject to his protest and it gets to more eyes and mind but its that he did it on the clock of his employer, using their resources to make his statement. Where else could he do it with that type of audience, no clue. I do know that wasnt the right time but as someone who knows we need change I cant fault him as it got the exposure but doesnt appear to have done anything to help.

  44. Isn’t it possible to believe wholeheartedly in the cause but not believe in kneeling as a form of protest? I don’t understand how someone can say they don’t agree with kneeling and that means they don’t believe there is a problem. Does that also mean if I don’t agree with looting that I don’t believe in the cause?

  45. aldavisisthenfl says:
    June 4, 2020 at 8:53 pm
    I guess we re going to see this poor guy kneeling all year…

    But he shouldn’t have to kneel if he doesn’t want to. If that’s not what he believes in he shouldn’t be shamed into it. Nobody should. If players want to kneel, then they should kneel and they shouldn’t be shamed either.

  46. youngnoize says:
    June 5, 2020 at 9:50 am
    People keep talking about him stating his opinion when that’s not what he did. He blatantly ignored the question to give a nonsensical spiel on something that has nothing to do with the military. It was gross to watch.

    ——–

    He was asked how he would feel about players kneeling during the anthem this year and he responded. If he had truly ignored the question he wouldn’t be on an apology tour.

  47. Who dat politically incorrect man, make sure he never shows his face again for committing the unforgivable, Political Incorrectness!

  48. I support the peaceful protests.
    I support BLM.
    I support Drew Brees’ freedom to share his beliefs regarding the anthem, it’s a subjective feeling of how one should act during the anthem.
    I support the players telling Drew that it is bigger than the anthem, even if Drew doesn’t see that. They have a right to their perception and opinion just like Drew.

    This movement is about supporting each other. This movement is about awareness. Every conversation (even the contentious ones) is a step in the right direction, because the conversation is happening.

    We need to stop vilifying those that need to hear the message more than once. A defensive person will never hear your message. It is the onus of the communicator to make their message heard.

    I’ll be honest, I heard the message day one, but I didn’t listen day one. I am listening now, and the message doesn’t sound the same that it did day one, and maybe that’s my perception of the message, but it’s my reality either way.

    You can force someone to hear you, you can’t force someone to listen to you. This message cannot be one sided, or there will be a portion of this country that will never actually stop and listen.

  49. @Bubbalicious

    This isn’t about political incorrectness. Don’t trivialize the issue. This about people being murdered, not political correctness.

  50. This is ALL Drew Brees’s fault! He threw the ball right into the hands of the ssjw.

  51. Throughout everything that has happened, I have reevaluated a lot about myself and others.
    I feel I have a lot of learn about how others are treated, and I am willing to learn.
    That being said, sometimes apologizing is not enough.

    In my experience, when I have been the injured party, if the apology is sincere, then I will accept it.
    On the other hand, if I’m the offending party and I sincerely apologize, it is the choice to the ones who I’ve hurt to either forgive or stay mad.

    You can’t force someone to accept your apology.
    Being the one who apologizes has no real control over who accepts it.

  52. People make mistakes.
    In this day and age, a person has to be very careful what they say, even in a country that has freedom of speech.

    Colin Kaepernick is not infallible, either.
    Remember, at one point he was willing to give up kneeling if a team would give him another chance.

    Neither Brees or Kaepernick are ready for sainthood… Very few are.

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