Shaquille O’Neal was on Saints’ call during Drew Brees’ apology

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The Saints aren’t saying much about what went on in their team meeting this morning, wanting to keep things in-house. A handful of players, including Alvin Kamara, Terron Armstead, Michael Thomas and Demario Davis, indicated they accepted their quarterback’s apology.

Little else has been said about the meeting.

But at least one non-Saints player was on the call, and he is saying more than anyone inside the organization has said about the meeting.

Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, who now works as an NBA analyst, said on TNT on Thursday night that he spoke to the Saints during the call.

“About two weeks ago, I was contacted to speak to the Saints players today,” O’Neal said. “Then, this happened. I’m not going to get into because coach (Sean) Payton doesn’t really want us to get into it, but I was on the call today when Drew apologized to his teammates, and most of his teammates accepted his apology. They said, ‘Drew, we know your character. We know you stepped into some stuff that you can’t get out of, but guess what? We want you to do more, more positive things and less talking.’ And they all said, ‘We accept your apology.’ . . . He made a mistake.”

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins has not spoken publicly since issuing a strong rebuke of Brees on Wednesday. But O’Neal said Jenkins was the first to accept Brees’ apology.

Brees since has apologized publicly a second time.

Brees, though, has yet to indicate if he’s changed his view on players kneeling for the national anthem.

35 responses to “Shaquille O’Neal was on Saints’ call during Drew Brees’ apology

  1. Kneeling for king = good. Kneeling for church = good. Kneeling for anthem = bad. Got it.

    LOL.

  2. ‘We want you to do more positive things and less talking.’

    Prudent, thoughtful abvice for one and all.

  3. Drew Brees has shared a locker room with people of color for 25 years…he plays in a diverse city ..he graduated from a good liberal college..he is. 40 years old …after witnessIng a murder accomplished by kneeling on a neck can someone still be concerned about kneeling on the ground during the national anthem ..can you see that the sanctity of human life is more important than a piece of cloth… I’m sure he’s sorry he said what he said ..but he is who he first told you he is

  4. “We want you to do more…”

    Have any of them done as much for the community in New Orleans as Brees?!?

  5. Note to self – always be sure to tell others exactly what they want to hear to avoid any and all repercussions, even if it means not speaking your own truth.

  6. He made the mistake of having his own opinion which didn’t align with the internet mob.

  7. Shouldn’t need to apologize. Don’t kneel during the anthem pick another point of the game. Only reason to kneel during the anthem is cry babies.

  8. Well that team is destroyed for this year. Too much tension and hidden hatred for its most important player. Good riddance.

  9. All of those teammates together have not does as much for minorities in New Orleans as Brees. Jenkins is and always has been a chronic malcontent and they never should have signed him back – they let him leave before and the Eagles had reasons to let him walk. Team doesn’t need another washed up DB with a bad attitude!

  10. Next meeting, they should get Rodman involved. At least he has some real diplomatic experience.

  11. Nobody should even ask him if he’s changed his views. If he was guilty of anything it was bad timing, or buying into this ridiculous notion that everybody has to make a statement about this.

  12. “Brees, though, has yet to indicate if he’s changed his view on players kneeling for the national anthem.”

    He apologized – twice. Let it go. It doesn’t matter if he has or hasn’t changed his vnew on players kneeling. If he feels that is disrespectful to the flag or to the vets that have served (or to the armed services members currently serving), that is his opinion and his right.

    I personally don’t think the point of kneeling was ever about disrespect to the flag or country – it has always been about injustices (even though it was displayed during the national anthem). With that said, there are many who do think it is disrespectful, and although they are off-base in their views, they still have the right to view it that way.

  13. He didn’t make a mistake. He spoke his mind. Apparently the cancel culture in this country doesn’t allow that anymore.

  14. So glad my Eagles got rid of Jenkins. He what he thinks he is on the field. Funny how the team that exploited him the most picked him up in the off-season.

  15. samapoc says:
    June 4, 2020 at 9:24 pm
    Kneeling for king = good. Kneeling for church = good. Kneeling for anthem = bad. Got it

    Lol
    …………………….
    Someone said to me, kneeling to a king or the church or anyone or anything can be looked at as being submissive to them.

  16. A person should be able to believe in the cause but not agree with the form of protest. Brees shouldn’t have to back track on his opinion of kneeling. If his original comment showed sensitivity to the issue this probably wouldn’t have blown up.

  17. Lost in all this posturing is about $5,000,000 donated by Drew to Nola Covid victims. Ya but he disrespected the kneelers…..something is wrong with this picture…..

  18. “Brees, though, has yet to indicate if he’s changed his view on players kneeling for the national anthem.”

    Yet the people having conversations and are not piecing things together from what the media gives them seem to be thinking he is moving in the right direction.

    We want it to not be “about the flag” but we keep bringing the conversation back to the flag.

    We want people to take a step back, reflect on what is happening, see others perspectives. But when people start that process it isn’t good enough.

    If we believe people can’t change, that their perspectives and understanding can’t change, that they can’t be better moving forward…how do you expect change? I thought that was what the movement was about?

  19. briankcompton “I think the lesson is to not speak on matters better suited to experts.”

    Could you imagine what this whole thing would look like if only experts were speaking? That would eliminate most news sources and 99.9% of social media and blog comments.

  20. The “Kneeling for the Anthem” issue is clearly a difference of personal opinion between the Over 50 crowd and the Under 50 crowd.
    We need Unity,… no doubt. But kneeling isn’t the right message.
    I liked Aaron Rodgers idea of players locking arms. That Exhibits Unity.

  21. The only mistake Drew Brees made is apologizing for what he believes in after being pressured to do so.

  22. a PR stunt apology. We all know what he thinks and how he feels and I doubt that has changed.

  23. Brees is a class act ,it total nonsense for him to be chastised the way he is..Apologized several times and probably truely didnt understand…

  24. thenorseman817 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 10:32 am
    samapoc says:
    June 4, 2020 at 9:24 pm
    Kneeling for king = good. Kneeling for church = good. Kneeling for anthem = bad. Got it

    Lol
    …………………….
    Someone said to me, kneeling to a king or the church or anyone or anything can be looked at as being submissive to them.

    kneeling for flag = being submissive to a flag. Got it.

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