Michael Thomas accepts Drew Brees’ apology, want to get “back to the movement”

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Wide receiver Michael Thomas was one of several Saints players to share negative reactions to Drew Brees‘ comments on Wednesday and he’s joined teammate Demario Davis in responding to Brees’ apology on Thursday.

Brees said his comments about respecting the American flag “were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country” as part of a lengthy post that acknowledged the pain his words caused other people. Thomas wrote on Twitter that he’s accepted Brees’ apology and wants to turn attention back to the more pressing matters of the day.

“One of my brothers made a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with,” Thomas wrote. “He apologized & I accept it because that’s what we are taught to do as Christians. Now back to the movement! #GeorgeFloyd

The rebukes from Saints players on Wednesday suggested that things could be uncomfortable in the locker room once the team is able to get back together this summer. There will likely be more conversations in the future, but the reactions of Thomas and Davis show that there’s already been some progress on easing the tension.

46 responses to “Michael Thomas accepts Drew Brees’ apology, want to get “back to the movement”

  1. So the Christian thing to do is to publicly castigate your “friend” on social media and pile on until he apologizes, then accept his apology for daring to have an opinion of his own?

    How mighty “Christian” of you.

  2. Saints just cleared some cap space and have a really tight roster. Wouldn’t it be just a little bit funny if they gave Colin Kaepernick a contract?

  3. Disappointed in you, Brees. You had it right the first time. Of course, if you value your relationship with teammates more than principles, that’s your right too. Unlike the mob that savaged you despite all you’ve done for them, I’m not out for your head. Just wished you had stood your ground is all.

  4. Yes, the good old movement of looting on those so called “peaceful protests”.

  5. Drew may have gotten lucky. Apparently, if you aren’t a high profile professional athlete, they have much more in store for you when you don;t parrot the Marxist Leftist Approved Narrative. Take for example the following:

    “Sacramento Kings play-by-play announcer Grant Napear announced his resignation after tweeting “ALL LIVES MATTER” in a response to former Kings All-Star DeMarcus Cousins. Cousins tweeted at Napear and asked for his thoughts on Black Lives Matter. Napear quoted the tweet and ended his response with “ALL LIVES MATTER.”

    He made the mistake of expressing an opinion that is not officially approved, and he lost his job, and his radio show. That’s for starters. Rioters will soon be at his door setting fire to his house and assaulting his wife and children.

    It’s all so ridiculous. But let’s make this dystopia permanent. Vote Biden 2020. “Don’t Know What To Do? Vote Mr Magoo!”

  6. You think things are bad now? Just think how bad things will get when there’s a hung jury due to inability to convict on the 2nd degree murder charge. By upping the charge, the DA made it more difficult to get a conviction.

    Pass the popcorn, we have front row seats at the end of the world, might as well enjoy your time left.

  7. That is a Saints PR statement all the way. Look at ANY of Thomas’s prior posts. He commonly uses double negatives and makes egregious errors throughout.

  8. Drew Brees got my respect yesterday for stating a truth.

    Michael Thomas and others got him back on the plantation today. Brees mad Thomas tens of millions.

    Now, Brees has nobody. All respect lost.

  9. It’s all so ridiculous. But let’s make this dystopia permanent. Vote Biden 2020. “Don’t Know What To Do? Vote Mr Magoo!”
    ——
    So funny that you don’t acknowledge all the horrible things your president has said about this or the role he’s played in race relations these last 4 years and instead want to blame it all on the left. Must be nice to live in that kind of bubble.

  10. So nice to see the understanding from the black players. Brees’ remarks were honest and what he believes. Those remarks weren’t racist. Why should Brees have to apologize at all? It is time for the black perspective to cease being the only perspective. This sense of perpetual victimization needs to end. The facts can refute all the tripe these players are spewing. And it is time they should have to face that they aren’t victims.

  11. “The movement”? Is that the one that includes the popular new idea, “defind the police”? You just had a free preview of what that would be like when various governors and mayors ordered their police forces to stand down as their cities were burned to the ground and looted. If you liked that free preview, definitely sign up for the long-term subscription.

  12. A lot of these remarks on this website are sure signs of closet racism. You all are still deflecting from the underlying point. Cowardly using the internet as your platform instead of getting out in the real world and trying to understand. Deflecting more and more, coming up with other reason not to deal with the issue of black people unjustly dying at the hands of police. I know most of you reading this are between 30-60 years old and are white men who probably have never experienced what black men are talking about. This is your time to get educated and make a change so that we ALL can be happy.

  13. Brushing up against brees while on the saints is about as counterproductive to one’s career as colliding with a brick wall without a helmet on…

    Michael Thomas did the smart thing for himself by giving him absolution and not making a public spectacle out of it… He has 100 million reasons to keep the peace…

    It can’t sit well in his stomach that drew would come out, at the worst possible time since the 1994 OJ trial, to make a contradictory statement that can only inflame racial tension on the team…

  14. Cave into mob rule or be blindly labeled a racist. I’m glad I haven’t purchased Sunday ticket yet, no way in hell I’m giving this league any of my money until they encourage real dialog. Until then they can enjoy empty seats and far less people spending money on NFL sunday ticket.

  15. spitsportstalk says:
    June 4, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    A lot of these remarks on this website are sure signs of closet racism. You all are still deflecting from the underlying point. Cowardly using the internet as your platform instead of getting out in the real world and trying to understand. Deflecting more and more, coming up with other reason not to deal with the issue of black people unjustly dying at the hands of police. I know most of you reading this are between 30-60 years old and are white men who probably have never experienced what black men are talking about. This is your time to get educated and make a change so that we ALL can be happy.

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    Police in this country killed 10 unarmed black men in 2019. They also killed 19 unarmed white men. Meanwhile blacks killed over 7000 black in 2019. Are you sure we are focused on the right problem?

  16. spitsportstalk says:
    June 4, 2020 at 2:12 pm
    A lot of these remarks on this website are sure signs of closet racism. You all are still deflecting from the underlying point. Cowardly using the internet as your platform instead of getting out in the real world and trying to understand. Deflecting more and more, coming up with other reason not to deal with the issue of black people unjustly dying at the hands of police. I know most of you reading this are between 30-60 years old and are white men who probably have never experienced what black men are talking about. This is your time to get educated and make a change so that we ALL can be happy.

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    Violin strings

  17. bigal1952 says:
    June 4, 2020 at 1:56 pm
    You think things are bad now? Just think how bad things will get when there’s a hung jury due to inability to convict on the 2nd degree murder charge. By upping the charge, the DA made it more difficult to get a conviction.

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    I was thinking the same thing. The state’s own ME report makes it very difficult to see how this meets the standard of 2nd degree murder. Is the DA going to undermine the state’s own expert and side with the one hired by the family’s attorney?

  18. bobsacomano says:
    June 4, 2020 at 1:31 pm
    Get ready for another NFL season ruined by politics.

    Hypocritical politics at that.

  19. Hey, billswillnevermove. What about the looting of the treasury by the oligarchs, as enabled by their political minions? Does that count to you? I’ll bet that the oligarchs’ looting is 1,000 times worse than protesters’ looting.

  20. ‘He made a statement I disagree with. He apologized, so I forgave him’

    Society in a nutshell these days.

  21. bigal1952 says:
    June 4, 2020 at 1:56 pm
    You think things are bad now? Just think how bad things will get when there’s a hung jury due to inability to convict on the 2nd degree murder charge.
    ————-
    I don’t know how they could even begin to get an impartial jury at this point. Who hasn’t seen or heard about this, and who hasn’t already formed an opinion or taken a side by now?

  22. The comments, vitriol, and attitudes on this comment page are despicable, yet not surprising. These same people here who fall back on religion and morals refuse to even acknowledge, much less seek to understand, the injustice, pain, and anger of so many in this society. Know what privilege is fellas? Oh right…it does not exist. Very very disappointing. What will it take for you all to open you eyes and then your mind?

  23. Some players want to make Brees look bad so he can be replaced by someone
    they like better

  24. pkrlvr says:
    June 4, 2020 at 2:00 pm
    It’s all so ridiculous. But let’s make this dystopia permanent. Vote Biden 2020. “Don’t Know What To Do? Vote Mr Magoo!”
    ——
    So funny that you don’t acknowledge all the horrible things your president has said about this or the role he’s played in race relations these last 4 years and instead want to blame it all on the left. Must be nice to live in that kind of bubble.
    **********************************

    Good work. That’s just what you have been programmed to say. Try going a little deeper and getting some information from sources NOT controlled by the Spider. He’s never said racist things. Watch the tape. Read the transcript. The whole tape and the whole transcript. Not just a snippet and then 5 minutes of wildly irrational wishful thinking by a leftist ideologue press. The President can be bombastic. I’ll give you that. But he is surprisingly good on policy decisions that benefit everyone. He can exaggerate, but I know where he is coming from and believe he wants to do what is right. The Dems just lie right up in my grill. Can’t take it anymore.

  25. screen print this comment and save it for this fall

    once football starts and the first anthem is played…those that are in attendance are going to have a choice…a) either accept kneeling during the anthem b) be “forced” (peer pressured) into kneeling yourself (see Drew Brees) or c) be labeled a racist.

    a frog put in boiling water will immediately jump out…a frog put in room temp water that’s slowly brought to a boil won’t jump out and will eventually die.

    this country is being asked to be the frog in the tepid water…

    “yesterday” it used to be disrespectful to not stand for the anthem, no matter what else was going on…”today” if you don’t kneel for anthem or accept it, you’ll be ostracized by those telling us “there’s only one way to think on this issue” (by the people who claim they are fighting for equality).

    come this fall you have a choice to make America…mark my words

    screen print this and let me have it if I’m wrong.

  26. @nofaceangler – Very very disappointing. What will it take for you all to open you eyes and then your mind?
    ===================================================================================
    maybe a black president – oh right – there is no systemic police brutality against people of color, nor is there just any systemic racism – 99% of the people in this country abhor what white supremacy stands for – open your own eyes and mind –

  27. I’m still trying to find any evidence in the data that supports any of the things Black Lives Matters claims about the death of black men at the hands of police. No luck so far.

  28. hyow about 35 people shot in chicago the weekend before. not to worried about them. or the weekend before..

  29. “ Police in this country killed 10 unarmed black men in 2019. They also killed 19 unarmed white men. Meanwhile blacks killed over 7000 black in 2019. Are you sure we are focused on the right problem?”

    The actual figures are 14 black men vs 22 white men.

    If whites were killed at the same rates as blacks, the death toll for white males would have to be about 81.

  30. I can’t edit my post. Meant to say “unarmed”. The figures I gave were for unarmed black and white men killed by police.

  31. “ horsepedlr says:
    June 4, 2020 at 3:51 pm
    hyow about 35 people shot in chicago the weekend before. not to worried about them. or the weekend before..”
    ========•=

    Whataboutism

  32. Hmmmmmmmmmmm,,,all he had to do was to clarify his statement because i do think that it’s disrespectful to BURN the flag and not taking a knee,,,Google Brees and he took a knee several times

  33. “ “yesterday” it used to be disrespectful to not stand for the anthem”

    Nobody seriously thinks kneeling is a sign of disrespect. For hundreds, if not thousands of years, it has been a sign of respect, obeisance, or fealty.

    The reason you say it’s disrespectful is because you’re basically OK with blacks getting murdered by police. In fact, you’d like it to continue. Keeps them in their place, amirite?

  34. Never condemn another person for having an opinion. Everyone has a right to their opinion. If people want to discuss and change a previous opinion, then fine. But telling another person to “shut up” or to not express their opinion is just censorship – like something Trump would do. Brees was simply showing his respect for the flag – he did not condemn efforts to fix the wrongs that happened to George Floyd. A person can be patriotic and also fix what is wrong with this country.

  35. Kneeling on one knee is called genuflection. It is a sign of deep respect, particularly among religious people.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genuflection

    Genuflection or genuflexion is the act of bending a knee to the ground, as distinguished from kneeling which more strictly involves both knees. From early times, it has been a gesture of deep respect for a superior. Today, the gesture is common in the Christian religious practices of the Anglican Church,[1] Lutheran Church,[2] Roman Catholic Church,[3] and Western Rite Orthodox Church.[4] The Latin word genuflectio, from which the English word is derived, originally meant kneeling with both knees rather than the rapid dropping to one knee and immediately rising that became customary in Western Europe in the Middle Ages. It is often referred to as “going down on one knee” or “bowing the knee”.[5] In Western culture, one genuflects on the left knee to a human dignitary, whether ecclesiastical or civil, while, in Christian churches and chapels, one genuflects on the right knee when the Sacrament is not exposed but in a tabernacle or veiled (conversely, one kneels with both knees if the Sacrament is exposed).

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