Adrian Peterson: Drew Brees isn’t racist, but he should see things from our view

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Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Drew Brees‘ national anthem stance. Even President Donald Trump has weighed in on Twitter.

The controversy surrounding the Saints quarterback has become the biggest story in the NFL.

So naturally, Washington running back Adrian Peterson was asked his opinion while helping families in need in Houston on Friday.

Peterson briefly played with Brees in New Orleans in 2017 before the Saints traded him to the Cardinals.

“When I first seen it, I didn’t really know what to think,” Peterson said, via Mark Berman of FOX 26. “I didn’t want to make any judgments without seeing exactly the question that was asked to him. So once I seen the question that was asked, it was like he diverted and went straight to what he wasn’t going to participate in and what he stood for. I know Drew Brees. He’s not a racist at all, and I have a lot of love for him, but I think this was a situation where he should have thought it out more. He should have thought things out more and tried to look at things in a different view. I know he made the comment about what he thinks about his grandfather and his great grandfather going to war and this, that and the other, but we had great grandparents that went to war as well, but when they came back, they still weren’t able to vote. We just didn’t have the same rights. When you look at it from that point of view, it’s like we understand where you’re coming from but we don’t understand where you’re coming from as well for those reasons.”

Brees twice has apologized publicly, and he apologized privately to his teammates in a virtual meeting Thursday.

38 responses to “Adrian Peterson: Drew Brees isn’t racist, but he should see things from our view

  1. AP makes some good points. Its important to try to see things from other people’s perspective.

  2. Adrian Peterson questioning Drew Brees character now we have truly crossed the line !

  3. cueghost says:

    AP makes some good points. Its important to try to see things from other people’s perspective.
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    Why can’t people try to see things from Drew’s perspective.

    Earlier this week, we were told that if even one person is offended (by the Redskins name) that was too many and the Washington franchise needs to change their name.

    Well, I’m offended when someone kneels during the National Anthem while they are on the job. (I’m a Viet Nam era vet, both my grandfathers served in WWI and I had 2 uncles serve in WWII) Therefore, all NFL personnel should stand at attention during the Anthem at an NFL game so as not to offend me.

    It works both ways.

  4. AP makes some good points. Its important to try to see things from other people’s perspective.
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    And if you don’t we going to scream on social media and any platform possible and call you a racist. All of your good will and deeds over a 15 year career are in the toilet.

    This sound like rational thinking? Exactly…

  5. AP is full of crap!
    The NFL needs to stay out of politics and social justice BS. This is football and that is their focus. If players want to participate in it, that should be on their time and done with professional discretion. This is how it is done in the business world. If idiot Goodell feels differently, then all sides of the coin have a right to their viewpoints without penalty. And there are many who have strong opinions that may not be acceptable to the opposing side. Pick your options carefully. As for me, I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.

  6. What everyone is forgetting is that:
    1) Brees was responding to a direct question about kneeling in an interview (although his answer demonstrated a complete lack of awareness of an American citizen’s death on an American street at the hands of American police just days before),
    2) Brees’ every intent, as he’s spoken many times before, is to protest police brutality against African-Americans in ways that bring the whole country together rather than divide (ironically).

    What I don’t understand is, where is the outrage at Jake Fromm’s newly uncovered racist posts or the complete and utter silence on this issue by white players and coaches like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (both Trump friends and supporters)?

    At least Brees is in the fight and trying to do some good. He just needs to shut up and really listen first.

  7. So many people just don’t know. That’s called ignorance. No shame it in especially if you learn from it.

  8. The comment section here is ridiculous and full of whatboutism. Everyone should try to see things from each other’s pov. Look at Kaepernick and Nate Boyer. Those two came to an understanding and that allowed Kaepernick to move from sitting during the anthem to taking a knee. Boyer listened to Kaepernick, something most Americans don’t seem capable of or willing to do. I don’t agree with all of Kaepernick’s beliefs but if members of the Armed Forces aren’t offended then why should the average Joe be? And as for our ancestors who served this country, try explaining that to black people who’s ancestors also served for this country and were spat on when they returned home. As for the NFL staying out of public affairs, how would you feel if the NFL said absolutely nothing after 9/11? As for killings in Chicago 1)it’s law enforcements job to deal with that and they obviously haven’t 2) this is the biggest whataboutism I’ve ever heard. If someone murdered your family member and when you asked for help someone said in response “what about other people who’ve been murdered?” you too would be rightfully outraged.

  9. I absoulutly agree that police brutality has to stop and stop now. ALL LIVES MATTER, not JUST BLACK LIVES. Can someone please tell me why no one seems to care or players come forward when the city of Paterson NJ had ten people shot and three killed last weekend. The city of Newark NJ had fifteen people shot and 2 killed last weekend. This goes on every weekend in these cities. If BLM how come no one come to the defense of these black men? Twenty five people shot and five dead and no one cares? Just SMH.

  10. Peterson needing to say Brees is not a racist gets to to heart of the problem.For anyone to think what Brees said is racist is reckless.The term is now used so casually and inappropriately that it’s similar to calling some a communist in the 1950s and could ruin someone’s career and life and cheapens cases where real racism exists.

  11. After reading many of these comments, there is little chance of ever living in a unified country where all are respected or treated equally. The American dream is slowly dying.

  12. Yeah I het it. He cant have an opinion on something in his blood from as far back as he can remember. Shame on Drew. What a horrible person. The problem is this movement is gaining traction. That is intil you shame people for honoring america. Shame on is. We are bad people.

  13. “Can someone please tell me why no one seems to care or players come forward when the city of Paterson NJ had ten people shot and three killed last weekend. The city of Newark NJ had fifteen people shot and 2 killed last weekend. This goes on every weekend in these cities.”

    That is extremely tragic. Let me ask you this. What are YOU doing about it? You only brought it up to distract from the issue at hand. Do the police not have a higher standard for morality? They are supposed to serve and protect, not to intimidate and murder. If someone killed your relative and you cried out for help and the first thing that someone said to you was “all murders matter” I guarantee you that you would be outaged and justfiably. Why is it that when black people say they feel harrassed and not helped by the police why can’t you just listen to them? Most black people are against abolishing police. They want an end to brutality and discrimination. What’s so hard to understand?

  14. It’s remarkable how you still have people in this comments section drawing this false equivalency between Drew’s and Kaepernick’s perspectives. One is coming from a place of national pride that was built on the sacrifices of Americans of all colors, including Black Americans. While it’s great to see that national pride, at the end of the day it’s just something you feel good about and doesn’t materially change your life. The other is coming from a place of despair because your community is not even safe. It takes a special kind of person to think their feelings are just as important as someone else’s livelihood.

  15. harrytootsie says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:24 pm

    Adrian Peterson questioning Drew Brees character now we have truly crossed the line !

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    But he DIDN’T question his character, which is what makes his statement so thoughtful (and I say this as someone who has had a dim view of Peterson since news of his child abuse came out).

    Peterson is saying: His character is fine, but his choice was puzzling. Why focus on this when the issue and line of questioning is about that? In other words, you’re a good guy, but we want you to put your words and focus on this emergency right now.

  16. Best response to this. I am more receptive to empathy than jumping to a racist conclusion because of someone’s opinion.

  17. When Drew kneels for the anthem and flag, it will really chap the racist trash who are protesting it because they hate Colin Kapernick for being a black guy protesting.

  18. jshee says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:14 pm
    Why does he need to see things from your point of view?

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    Walk a mile in my moccasins. It’s a step toward better understanding, rather than staying entrenched in your preconceived notions.

  19. Here’s a view most aren’t getting. The George Floyd tragedy happened at the hands of a dirty cop in a democratic city with a democrat police chief, democratic mayor, democratic attorney general and democratic governor….

    Yet the democrats tell you it’s trumps fault….

    That makes a lot of sense….

  20. And the people who back the Anthem protests should see things from the perspective of people who think it’s a horrible protest strategy.

  21. sandiegosaint says:
    June 5, 2020 at 6:29 pm
    What everyone is forgetting is that:
    1) Brees was responding to a direct question about kneeling in an interview (although his answer demonstrated a complete lack of awareness of an American citizen’s death on an American street at the hands of American police just days before),
    2) Brees’ every intent, as he’s spoken many times before, is to protest police brutality against African-Americans in ways that bring the whole country together rather than divide (ironically).

    What I don’t understand is, where is the outrage at Jake Fromm’s newly uncovered racist posts or the complete and utter silence on this issue by white players and coaches like Tom Brady and Bill Belichick (both Trump friends and supporters)?

    At least Brees is in the fight and trying to do some good. He just needs to shut up and really listen first.

    ————–

    Brady spoke on the issue. He was appalled by Floyd’s death.

  22. gtodriver says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:42 pm

    Well, I’m offended when someone kneels during the National Anthem while they are on the job. (I’m a Viet Nam era vet, both my grandfathers served in WWI and I had 2 uncles serve in WWII) Therefore, all NFL personnel should stand at attention during the Anthem at an NFL game so as not to offend me.

    It works both ways.

    _________________________________________________________________

    Thank you for your service. I will proudly stand during the anthem for you and all the others who have served our country so these crybabies can make a fortune playing a game.

  23. “And the people who back the Anthem protests should see things from the perspective of people who think it’s a horrible protest strategy.”

    Kaepernick did. Him and Nate Boyer had discussions about it. That’s how Kaepernick moved from sitting during the anthem to kneeling during it. And his reasons for not standing for the anthem are understandable. The treatment of black people at the hands of the authorities has obviously improved but its not even near close to being completely fair or just. And as for the the military, how many times to we have to say that black Americans who fought for the US in WWII were treated with the absolute contempt and disgust when they came home?

    In regards to the strategy of the protest maybe it’s uncomfortable. But what form of protest isn’t? Ghandi’s peaceful marches angered the British Empire. Rosa Parks sitting in the front of the bus angered many white Americans. What’s better, kneeling for the flag or looting stores? Certainly the former. But even if Kaepernick never kneeled, if he just put out all of his thoughts on social media, I guarantee you many people would still be unreceptive and deflecting from the issues he wants to fix.

  24. AP – perspective is important. So are facts. Here are some facts – most everyone in the state of Minnesota loved watching you play. Thank you for your great career it Oklahoma and the Vikings. I wish you did not need 13 million at the end of your career with the Vikings as many of us would have loved to see you finish out with the Vikings.

    Other facts. You ran up huge debts for a man who made more than 10 times I will meke as a very successful businessman – maybe 20 times most working people – and let your bills go to default.

    Your perspective includes beating your son and maybe it was.

    These are all facts – AP – Perspective goes both ways number 28. In my church they say, people who live in glass houses should not throw stones at others

    Good luck AP. I will be cheering when you enter the hall of fame as a Viking. But maybe prior to that you can pay your bills Mr Millionaire?

    Scott from Scottsdale

  25. I have been down this road. When you have this conversation and you begin asking questions, it devolves into “you don’t know what it’s like to be us”. So which is it? If you try to understand you get shut down quick. If you don’t understand, you are clowned for not seeing that point of view. It’s aggravating. And leads us nowhere

  26. “Brady spoke on the issue. He was appalled by Floyd’s death.

    5 9 Rate This
    vagabond1979 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 9:02 pm”

    Most people are appalled. Does he stand up for Black Lives Matter or fighting injustice?

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