Drew Brees’ apology leaves one specific question unanswered

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Wednesday’s on-camera comments from Saints quarterback Drew Brees sparked a loud and sustained reaction, prompting Brees to issue a written apology on Thursday. There is one important question that is unanswered by the apology, when comparing the apology to the original comments.

“In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem,” Brees says in his written apology, “I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”

In the specific context of the apology, it works. When compared to the original comments, it’s a little confusing.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said Wednesday when asked whether more players will kneel during the anthem in light of recent events.

Did “never” not mean never? Or does he now, less than a day after reiterating his position first articulated nearly four years ago, believe that kneeling during the anthem does not amount to disrespecting the flag?

It’s an important question that Brees needs to answer in order to fully and fairly process his apology. Ideally, he’ll do so not in a written statement but in the same format that the original comments were delivered, on camera and speaking extemporaneously, giving teammates, fans, media, anyone a chance to hear the words, study the facial expressions and the demeanor, and ultimately conclude whether he has sufficiently explained how and why he decided to abandon in less than 24 hours comments that reflected his clear, unambiguous, and supposedly permanent beliefs on the question of whether kneeling in peaceful protest during the anthem amounts to disrespect of the of the flag.

If he still believes that kneeling amounts to disrespect, some would say his apology is hollow. If, as the argument would go, he still believes that kneeling amounts to disrespect, then he still believes, even after recent events, that Kaepernick’s methods supersede a message that we all should have heeded in 2016.

So that’s the next step in this. If, as he seems to believe, his words were not “perceived” correctly, Brees needs to explain, not in writing but with his own voice, whether he still believes that kneeling reflects disrespect to the flag, or whether the events that unfolded on Wednesday have caused him to abandon that view.

If it’s the latter, Brees should consider taking the message once step farther and declaring with passion and conviction that anyone who believes that kneeling during the anthem constitutes disrespect should change their views in the same way that he has, and should embrace the message that Kaepernick was trying to send but that was lost in the presumption that his protest was about something that it was not.

83 responses to “Drew Brees’ apology leaves one specific question unanswered

  1. If, as Aaron Rodgers stated, it’s not about the flag than why kneel during the anthem and while the flag is being displayed? Drew had no reason to apologize. Why? For having a different opinion on the matter? Kneel all you want, I’ll kneel with you but if it’s not about the flag, why do it in front of the flag while the anthem is being played? Contrary to what the media tells you…although racism exists and unfortunately probably always will, it’s not systemic. The numbers tell the opposite tale…look em up! Lastly, the general sentiment across this country is in line with what Drew said. Just look at what happened to NFL attendance and television ratings when that garbage was going on…tells you all you need to know about how people felt about it…regardless of color.

  2. How odd is it, we are so hung up on words that offend. Yet these same players that deserve an apology find no offense in the video after video after video of the burning, destroying ,looting of businesses. Video after video after video of violence’s as ones are left on the ground as these protestors move on to someone else. None of the individual business owners or ones left beat up on the street deserve any less than what these players find offensive.

  3. We live in a democracy and despite the ugliness that we have been living lately, this country still stands for free speech. Drew didn’t need to answer anything in the same way that the kneeling QB didn’t answer anything. Too much virtue signaling lately.

  4. Kneeling is 100% disrespect to the flag and the country. However I believe that showing that disrespect is meant to shine a light on the social issue in a country that that flag represents. The problem is kneeling for the flag and the anthem is highly polarizing and the discussion loses focus on the real matter.

  5. From what was written, it appears that Brees apologized that his comments lacked awareness and hurt people, but he did not say that his comments were wrong or that he had a change of heart.

  6. SaintsGotRobbed says:

    June 4, 2020 at 11:23 am

    If, as Aaron Rodgers stated, it’s not about the flag than why kneel during the anthem and while the flag is being displayed? Drew had no reason to apologize. Why? For having a different opinion on the matter? Kneel all you want, I’ll kneel with you but if it’s not about the flag, why do it in front of the flag while the anthem is being played? Contrary to what the media tells you…although racism exists and unfortunately probably always will, it’s not systemic. The numbers tell the opposite tale…look em up! Lastly, the general sentiment across this country is in line with what Drew said. Just look at what happened to NFL attendance and television ratings when that garbage was going on…tells you all you need to know about how people felt about it…regardless of color.

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    Because at first Colin was sitting during the anthem and everybody had a hissyfit about that, so a conversation with a former ranger was had where the ranger suggest he at least take a knee instead of sitting so that is what he started doing.

  7. Athletes can have a lot of influence on public opinion in our society.
    Like it or not.
    They don’t have to use that influence.
    They have the right to remain silent.
    But once they step into the oven of public opinion
    then they have to handle the heat.
    Nobody is liked by everybody and that’s just the way it is.

  8. Since when did voicing oneself in non-defensive manner become offensive?

    Have we really turned that soft as a nation?

  9. You protest during the anthem because you have every eye on you. The NFL is their platform, they use it how they see fit. When would be the best time for them to protest? During commercial break? Brees and others are entitled to their opinion. Just stop making it about the flag and the anthem. How many times do the players have to explain that it’s not about the flag or the soldiers? It’s about what that flag is supposed to mean TO and FOR EVERYONE.

  10. Mike, you’re absolutely correct.
    Always spot-on with your columns.
    Great job keeping us informed.
    America needs your wisdom right now.

  11. Brees has always supported his community

    Brees kneeled with his team mates

    Brees said something stupid

    Brees apologized and without the qualifier “May have offended”

    So lets move on and quit trying to find fault. America needs to unite and heal.

  12. “If, as Aaron Rodgers stated, it’s not about the flag than why kneel during the anthem and while the flag is being displayed?
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    Would you notice any other time?

  13. Why is the American flag even shown at an NFL game? Overseas, the only time you see a flag is when two teams from two different regions or countries are playing against one another.

  14. I’ve always believed that a person’s true feelings are represented initially… He was the least filtered initially and subsequently changed the narrative when he found himself needing damage control…

    I don’t respect either of his comments but he shows no spine by doing damage control… If you feel that way, stick to it and face your opposition…

    If you went to Malcolm Jenkins and said, “ hey you are wrong “… do you think he’s going to back down ? Be a man… Show a spine… Stick to what you truly believe… Otherwise, you’re a coward as well as naive…

  15. To me, his apology was really well articulated. To me, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” still means what he says, he’s just awakened to the fact long known by Rodgers and others that kneeling was never about “disrespecting” the flag. So we now know he still opposes burning the flag.

  16. “ Ugadogs21 says:
    So lets move on and quit trying to find fault. America needs to unite and heal.”

    Not so fast. We can’t unite and heal without systemic change to our criminal justice system. Anyone who opposes that or opposes bringing attention to the problem should be held accountable, not given a free pass.

  17. Is it such bad thing to respect both Kaepernick and Brees .
    Agree or disagree they both have the right to feel the way that they do .
    it’s called freedom
    I know most don’t respect freedom anymore .

  18. The players should just catch, block, throw and run. That way, if what they say isn’t PC, they don’t have to go on the apology tour.

  19. He apologized for the insensitivity of his comments in that it wasn’t focused on Mr. Floyd & the systematic Racism being protested. He didn’t retract his statement about the Flag/Anthem, nor should he. I think his statement was very good. I also think you can support & work towards fixing the system, while still being proud of our Country’s Flag & National Anthem.

  20. Florio once again, talk about football and not politics. Drew Brees is allowed his opinion just as anyone is. Why do you sit here and report this stuff. People who play football can’t sit here and tell me there suppressed when they have been given or earned the right to play football. All these guys playing the game have had help to get there. Yes they put in the work but someone somewhere held their hand along the way. Drew Brees keep doing what your doing

  21. Florio’s comments are accurate. Brees may have apologized but did not address the ‘white’ elephant now in his own locker room.

  22. Drew needs to say he would kneel and he would like it. Until he says that, it’s all for naught. He has to change his entire thinking process or lose his job.

  23. These players are so upset over someone’s opinion but have no issue with their teammates felony behavior. Why is it there opinion is correct and everyone else is wrong?

  24. tdskinz says:
    June 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm
    I will never apologize for my opinion.

    Because I’m always right. I used to be considered by corrected that fault and now I’m perfect.

  25. Kaep was not protesting the anthem, the flag, the military, or even the preservation of our precious bodily fluids.

    We know what he was protesting, because he articulated it quite clearly. We do NOT need white man-splaining to understand. It is fine without the privilege filter.

  26. Hmmm…I guess freedom of speech does not apply to white people these days…? The hypocrisy is laughable, and sad.

  27. In all seriousness, didn’t Kaep start sitting on the bench during the anthem prior to kneeling, because he sulked about losing his starting QB job? Or was sitting on his butt = taking a knee in protest? I’m confused, thanks. Kaep did what he thought was right and Brees said he couldn’t agree with disrespecting the flag (which he saw taking a knee during the anthem doing). People also routinely disrespect the flag by not removing hats during the anthem, either. Sign of the times.

  28. I think a huge problem is that many people only allow ONE way ‘respnect the flag.’ to them this means standing up.

    How many people do you see standing at the national anthem still looking at their phone or talking to their friends rather than dedicating their attention to to the flag and anthem. They may stand, but are they paying respect? Paying attention and being engaged is real respect.

    Kneeling is a sign of respect before God. Its also used with the Queen. Its just a different form of presenting oneself to the flag. I think kneeling is much better than sitting which is akin to doing nothing. Doing NOTHING is disrespectful.

    Placing your hand over your heart is sign of respect for the flag.

    I think you can kneel or stand as long as your focus is engaged in remembering the sacrifice of those who came before. Place your hand over your heart to show you understand the sacrifice.

  29. I guess it depends to what the individual thinks the flag means. Some think it represents the individuals that sacrificed everything to protect our freedoms. Some think it represents that actual freedom they protected, including the freedom to peacefully protest. The flag can mean anything, really: freedom, oppression, and everything in between. The supreme court has ruled that burning the flag is an expression of that freedom, and take that as you will. In the end the flag is just some cloth in a pattern; maybe it doesn’t matter at all. What matters is how we treat each other, and more importantly why we treat each other the way we do. Symbolism is important until it blinds you from what is actually happening in real life.

  30. Brees is just trying to keep his teammates happy. Kap made it clear from the beginning it had nothing to do with disrespecting the military. He was played by trumplikkkan narrative plain and simple. Stay away from him in fantasy this year. He’s over the hill and his WRs are going to be pissed.

  31. If, as Aaron Rodgers stated, it’s not about the flag than why kneel during the anthem and while the flag is being displayed? Drew had no reason to apologize. Why? For having a different opinion on the matter? Kneel all you want, I’ll kneel with you but if it’s not about the flag, why do it in front of the flag while the anthem is being played? Contrary to what the media tells you…although racism exists and unfortunately probably always will, it’s not systemic. The numbers tell the opposite tale…look em up! Lastly, the general sentiment across this country is in line with what Drew said. Just look at what happened to NFL attendance and television ratings when that garbage was going on…tells you all you need to know about how people felt about it…regardless of color.

    Very well said. I love how the first sentence is all thats used for headlines. If you read his complete statement he goes on to say why its important to him and unity. This is getting absurd. If you say something that doesn’t fall in line with whats going on today your considered racist. If you don’t agree with some narrative your racist. This country was built on differing opinions. He is entitled to his without being classified as racist. I dont personally know Drew Brees but he couldn’t have gotten as far as he has without being intertwined with his teammates over the years. I find it hard to believe he would be “racist” in any stretch of the imagination.

  32. Look I didn’t agree with what he said. I thought the timing was bad, however he shouldn’t have apologized. And why didn’t Jenkins talk with him privately? Why does everything need to be on Twitter?

  33. The players should just catch, block, throw and run. That way, if what they say isn’t PC, they don’t have to go on the apology tour.

    I totally agree. Same with celebrities. But right now they cant. The other day white quarterbacks were called out for NOT saying anything about this. They were essentially accused of being racist if they did not stand up for social injustice. I don’t think you should be criticized for saying nothing. It doesn’t me your against what is happening or against any cause, and it surely doesn’t mean your racist. But thats the in vogue perception.

  34. Protesters are not looters. Criminals are looters hiding under the guise of protesters. Please stop equating the two.

  35. “If he still believes that kneeling amounts to disrespect, some would say his apology is hollow.”

    I would argue the opposite. If he’s telling us that he has changed his stance of 4+ years overnight on kneeling during the anthem because a bunch of people hurled insults at him, i would consider that nothing more than lip service for PR reasons. It sounded like he was apologizing because he didn’t anticipate the amount of anger that his reiteration of prior comments would stir up, and he didn’t intend to make people upset. My hope is that he still believes the National Anthem isn’t the appropriate time to protest but is genuinely remorseful that sharing that belief has upset people. The alternative is that he made the typical, weak, play of famous people that he changed his mind overnight to pander to the masses.

  36. Maybe you should tell us exactly what he should have said Mike and how he should have said it because we all know that you are perfect. Then you can tell the patriots how they should feel about the flag and then tell all the rioters and looters what they should do. Then we will all live in a perfect world.

  37. We get it drew. You’re a racist. So is everyone else on this blog for that matter. If kapernicks knee bothers you more than Chauvins, guess what. Youre a racist too.

  38. xlivsaints says:
    June 4, 2020 at 11:48 am
    Mike, you’re absolutely correct.
    Always spot-on with your columns.
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    Ummmm, no. He’s not.

  39. How soon everyone forgets. Drew Brees was kneeling BEFORE anthem with TEAM when kneeling first came out cdn.saleminteractivemedia.com/associated-press/data/photos/2017/274/8b09b527-8aaa-435f-af01-67fc7cf7091f.jpg

  40. Of course he still believes it’s disrespectful to kneel during the anthem. He just now knows not to say so out loud when the country is burning because of the reason behind it. Everyone can do better, everyone should try. This whole thing is challenging my own perceptions of matters I at times thought were concrete. It’s fluid. Hopefully the geniuses in DC can come up with a way to equalize. And then force the football team to change names.

  41. What you want to do here is equivocate. Be as ambiguous as possible so that both sides can interpret your statement favorably. It’s how you avoid offending half the country.

  42. unsunder says:
    June 4, 2020 at 12:02 pm
    “ Ugadogs21 says:
    So lets move on and quit trying to find fault. America needs to unite and heal.”

    Not so fast. We can’t unite and heal without systemic change to our criminal justice system. Anyone who opposes that or opposes bringing attention to the problem should be held accountable, not given a free pass.

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    You want systemic change? Then vote people in who will do it. Spoiler alert though, considering that the states where the majority of these issues are arising from (Minneapolis, New York, California) tend to vote almost exclusively to one side of the aisle and will almost assuredly continue to do so there’s a fat chance that ever happens.

  43. “”why he decided to abandon in less than 24 hours his comments?””

    Gee, I know… Getting vilified by a rabid gang of Mob Justice.

  44. He made his statement. So now Mike is being the lawyer and tries to find every flaw he can to instigate more trouble. He said what he believed and after receiving input from others, he had the insight, wisdom and courage to admit how it hurt others and informed all that he was mistaken. He can still believe in the flag and what it represents, but he can also learn and understand that sadly, the ideals, concepts and values that it is supposed to represent has not represented all her people and that their needs to be real change so that all Americans are valued. We all come into the world the same way, and we all will leave it the same way. Does not matter your race, color, sexual orientation, religion or nationality. What matters is what we do while we are here in this world.

  45. I think the one specific question left unanswered is “Why was it necessary for Drew Brees to apologize for his opinion?”

    I’m still of the mindset that everyone has a right to their opinion, and nothing in what he said was racist or offensive, unless you’re looking for an argument, which quite a few people are.

  46. The other side will tell you when to think and what to think. Brees took and knee and asked forgiveness. Pitiful.

  47. nsunder says:
    June 4, 2020 at 12:02 pm
    “ Ugadogs21 says:
    So lets move on and quit trying to find fault. America needs to unite and heal.”

    Not so fast. We can’t unite and heal without systemic change to our criminal justice system. Anyone who opposes that or opposes bringing attention to the problem should be held accountable, not given a free pass.
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    Absolutely! Nonetheless that isnot the context I was responding to and I’m happy to dialogue on that topic anytime.

    And just provide more background. I wrote Brees’s foundation yesterday to request that they remind him of how Kap came to kneeling (at the request of a Veteran) instead of sitting.

    I also requested that they inform him that the playing of the anthem has never stopped a fixed vendor beer sale at a Saints game or stopped the average Saints fan (I’ve done it too) from viewing the anthem as an ideal last chance time to hit the restroom before kickoff.

  48. Great grown men on social media flaming each other like little teenage boys trying to get the attention of the head cheerleader…….pathetic, stupid and just flat out ignorant. How is what he said racist? Who cares anyway? Stand, kneel you do you, I really don’t care its your freedom of choice. All I got from this is don’t voice your opinion now. White America you don’t have an opinion now in this time and place. BOTH sides you cannot have it both ways

  49. 7000 blacks killed in 2019. Ten unarmed blacks killed in 2019, most of the cases had no charges brought against the police. 19 unarmed whites were killed in 2019. The media and leaders of the black community want to call it a genocide by the police. It’s not the police committing genocide.

  50. I was wondering if the pressure from the stupid Twitter comments was going to make him slink back and apologize like everyone else does. Truth is, he said nothing to apologize for, and his comments were fine. The players are way too sensitive right now, so they are going overboard. Drew should have stood up for himself and said “I didn’t disrespect anyone so leave me alone” and moved on.

  51. If there was a protest…and lets say it was about how Reeces does not put enough peanut butter in their peanut butter cups and the protest marched through Arlington Cemetery and over the graves of the fallen…what’s the protest about?

    Is the protest about the peanut butter cups or is about desecrating the graves of the fallen.

    Answers (plural).

    The INTENT of the protest is about the peanut butter cups.

    But the REALITY of the protest becomes about desecrating the graves of the fallen.

    The INTENT of Kaepernick’s protest back in 2016 may have been about social injustice (I guess people forget his pro-Castro t-shirts, anti-pig socks), but by kneeling during the anthem – when the protest could be held at any other time – is absolutely 100% about dishonoring the flag.

    Don’t be fooled. Don’t be shamed. Don’t be bullied (as Drew Brees was).

    This is a very dangerous time and a very dangerous precedent being sent. To me it’s a reminds me of a time in history when the average German citizenry was told to shut up and fall in line…and it gave rise to the national socialist party. And Hitler.

    I personally believe Kaepernick hates America and his protest is absolutely directed at disrespecting our flag.

    But to many others who love the flag, Kaepernick’s protest was only about social injustice.

    Regardless…by doing it at the time of the national anthem it absolutely 100%, you have to have a totalitarianism (like the Nazi’s) mindset not to see it, disrespecting the flag and the anthem.

    However, in this country you have the right to do that, to disrespect the flag; burn it, kneel during the anthem, whatever. The flag (what it stands for) gives you that right in the irony of ironies.

    But those rights are not absolute. You can’t yell “fire” in a theatre, so freedom of speech too has limitations. The rights towards our flag are limited to public places…NFL stadiums (for legal purposes) do not fall into the public place category per our Constitution.

    If NFL owners want to allow kneeling, then that’s their business and they have to accept any commercial consequences.

    In the end Drew Brees caved…likely because he has a rich post-playing career contract to be an analyst on NBC Sports tv and was told he had to or that contract was gone. And to be fair, maybe he can do more good with that money in the long run.

    Kneeling during the anthem is absolutely disrespectful.

    However, you it’s your right to do so in a public place, not a private place like NFL stadiums without ownership’s consent.

  52. Who is out there protesting 5 blacks killed by rioters? At least two were trying to protect others and stop looting and brick-throwing – which are not synonyms for protesting.

    The silence on these 5 is deafening.

  53. Thank you pft for being here to tell us when an apology just isn’t good enough. What would we ever do with your slanted, singular view on the topic? In case you didn’t know it, you’re part of the problem. Story after story inflaming an already tense situation. And to you, it’s always an issue of racism, when in fact it’s really a police brutality issue that you only care about when a black person is on the receiving end. Never a mention of the other 750+ police killings each year, just the ones perpetrated on black people by white officers. What about when black cops kill black people? Is that still racism? Or when white cops kill white people….why is that not newsworthy? Police brutality crosses the color barrier on a daily basis but you’d never know that by what the media reports.

  54. Symbols matter and protesters don’t have a monopoly on what their protest means or doesn’t mean. If I want to protest the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal by burning a cross on my front lawn, people would (rightfully) oppose my protest even if they agreed with me. I think the players need to listen to others as much as they’re asking others to listen to them.

  55. Blaming white people for all your problems is not the way to get all white people on your side. But good luck with that strategy.

  56. People in these comments are joining Brees in putting words in the black athletes mouth who have told everyone what the kneeling is for and have long told everyone it was about Racial injustice and police brutality.

    Brees like some (a smaller and smaller amount of people) have put words in these athletes mouth (the protest was against the military and flag) just so they can get mad and attack Kaep and the black athletes that knelt. Who does that? If you have to make up lie and put words in someone’s mouth just to criticize them you are doing too much.

  57. Okay, I’ll say it…it IS about the flag. It’s about the flag that represents a country that espouses virtues that are fully available to less than half its citizens. Basically the citizens here who hate that it’s about the flag, Do your part and we won’t be having this discussion. Otherwise, pipe down.

  58. Some people protest for social change and big picture betterment of Americans (and do so peacefully as Kaep and others did), while others protest getting their hair and nails done and eating at taco bell with guns and threats of government lives while spitting in police faces without the police even mustering up the energy to yell “stop”, let alone gas them.

    It’s telling which protests have been supported. Some people have bigger visions for America’s future then making sure they can be served.

  59. SaintsGotRobbed says:
    June 4, 2020 at 11:23 am

    Contrary to what the media tells you…although racism exists and unfortunately probably always will, it’s not systemic. The numbers tell the opposite tale…look em up!

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    Almost every major domain or institution in American society — healthcare, education, criminal justice, employment, the economy, housing — has marked racial disparities, which are at the core of what systemic racism is. You can’t just say something known to be blatantly wrong and throw in “just look at the numbers!” and act like it’s true.

  60. tdskinz says:
    June 4, 2020 at 12:59 pm

    I will never apologize for my opinion.

    +++++

    Ever consider that one of your opinions might be wrong?

  61. Before an honest discussion can take place one must first define what “the flag” stands for. Very seriously.

    Does it stand for our entirely corrupt government, which virtually everyone agrees with to one extent or another and which in worst case at minimum is a majority opinion?

    Or does it stand for something in days gone by? How about a country that’s been taken over by the central banking cartel?

    What exactly are we standing for? Based on the discussions that I’ve had with friends the answers to that have been as varied as the number of people asked, which when discussing publicly, barring a common definition, is a discussion that can only end horribly.

    Otherwise, pledging allegiance and saluting a flag are nationalistic rituals no matter how anyone wants to spin it.

    God and Christ ask for allegiance to them first, well what if that conflicts with allegiance to whatever that definition is? Or is our nation no longer Christian or believes in God? So many of the laws on our books are anti-Christian.

    We are the only western country besides Canada to routinely play the national anthem before all sporting events. Why?

    How about simply getting rid of the national anthem before sporting events altogether. If people want to go to nationalist rallies then let them create that movement. Sounds a little scary if you ask me based upon world history, but who am I.

    There’s no requirement for this, particularly now where it divides us. It IS possible to support the better parts of our country without ritualistically hearing the national anthem before all sporting events. Would increase the peace!

  62. I think less of Brees now. I thought he was standing up on principle. That he felt it was just wrong to protest by kneeling during the National Anthem. There is nothing wrong with beiieveing kneeling during the National is not an appropriate way to protest. You can still be outraged by what happened to Mr. Floyd, the harassment of Black people by the police and the discrimination they face in this country. But Brees quickly realized if he didn’t get back on the politically correct train that all he had accomplished in the NFL and all he has and all he hopes to do would be taken away from him and he will outcast. There is only one opinion tolderated in this country and that is the politically correct opinion.

  63. Kaz says:
    June 4, 2020 at 2:48 pm
    People in these comments are joining Brees in putting words in the black athletes mouth who have told everyone what the kneeling is for and have long told everyone it was about Racial injustice and police brutality.

    Brees like some (a smaller and smaller amount of people) have put words in these athletes mouth (the protest was against the military and flag) just so they can get mad and attack Kaep and the black athletes that knelt. Who does that? If you have to make up lie and put words in someone’s mouth just to criticize them you are doing too much.

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    Not all me boy, I was never against Kaep doing what he was doing, if that’s his thing and it makes him happy, he has that right. However, he also has to realize there will be backlash for it because of popular opinion at the time. You cannot put yourself out there and expect support from everyone. That’s like women on FB or IG who post insinuated sexual pics, then cry victim when someone posts something vulgar. Brees has done a lot within the community in New Orleans and I’m of the opinion (if I can even have one), that I believe he didn’t mean to make light of the current situation or was tryin group purposely to disrespect POC. Remember School of Rock and the line where Jack Black charactor says “Your kids have all really touched me, and I’m pretty sure that I’ve touched them”. Its with good intentions but the delivery and time it came out was wrong.

  64. @SaintsGotRobbed (Agree with your handle) from your comment:

    “If, as Aaron Rodgers stated, it’s not about the flag than why kneel during the anthem and while the flag is being displayed? Drew had no reason to apologize. Why? For having a different opinion on the matter? Kneel all you want, I’ll kneel with you but if it’s not about the flag, why do it in front of the flag while the anthem is being played?”

    I believe that it is about the United States (particularly individual members of law enforcement and in many instances, police departments) not been living up to the ideals that the flag represents. Obviously the kneeling is a protest but it is in SUPPORT of the ideals that were espoused but never fully implemented in the Declaration of Independence and the US Constitution. It is to call attention between what the country aspires to but has failed to deliver.

  65. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Colin Krapperdink
    The guy who started the kneeling said it was about the flag, and all these other guys say it wasn’t about the flag.

  66. Lots of talk around the water cooler today… universal condemnation of the woke crowd and these fake millionaire victims…

    BOYCOTT NFL 2020

  67. danicafallsinlove:

    That’s fine. I have no problem with people criticizing his protest (even tho many of these same people including the POTUS now claim that they respect the protest for injustice as long as they are peaceful), but then people like Brees (knowingly continue) to lie about what the protest was about, just to criticize them and take as stand. That I think is doing too much, and what I mean about making up a lie just to be upset with someone. Just too much if you ask me.

  68. “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said Wednesday when asked whether more players will kneel during the anthem in light of recent events.

    Drew Brees is one of the great Humanitarians in this Country as well as being a great football player. He mobilized the reconstruction effort in New Orleans after Katrina among many charitable efforts.
    Now he received unbelievable abuse for the above statement.
    What has this country come to? Have we become Fascist Nazi Germany?
    Where there is no free speech if you do not agree with someone.
    And now his totally unnecessary apology is being criticized.
    AGAIN I ASK WHAT HAS THIS COUNTRY BECOME!!!!!

  69. Apology not enough, he should donate last seasons and this upcoming seasons salary, to the cause. if he is really sorry and it would go a along way proving he is truly apologetic

  70. it’s quite simple. He already said what he thinks. Then he posted an apology to please the hordes of cancel culture PC thought-control lefties like you.

    What a sad time we live in where you can’t have an opinion. Who are the real Nazis?

  71. I encourage certain contributors to this thread to take a moment and look up the definition of the word “systemic”.

    It is abundantly clear that we need to get on the same page about what that word means before we start declaring what is or what is not a problem.

  72. “If, as Aaron Rodgers stated, it’s not about the flag than why kneel during the anthem and while the flag is being displayed?”

    When protesters block traffic, it’s not to disrespect traffic. The reason that Kaepernick knelt during the anthem was not to disrespect the flag. He tried to be respectful while, at the same time, drawing attention to the issues at hand.

    People say that he should have protested at another time or place. Maybe, but if he stood on a street corner and did that, nobody would pay any attention. The point of a protest is to get attention for specific issues.

  73. What Drew Brees basically said was that in spite of a man being executed in public for no reason by the people that are meant to protect and serve, what really offends him is which part of a person’s body is in contact with the planet when a piece of cloth is raised up a piece of wood by a piece of string while a few sounds are played. Sad times indeed.

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