Deion Jones: Drew Brees’ apology needs to turn to action

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has apologized (twice now), and has work to do to convince his teammates he’s sincere.

Naturally, people who aren’t on his team aren’t as eager to offer him the benefit of the doubt, after his comments this week suggesting that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to the flag and military.

Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, for one, wasn’t moved by Brees’ attempt to save face.

“I appreciate the apology,” Jones said, via D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “I feel like apologies at this time are not enough. If you don’t know what to say, you shouldn’t have said anything at all. You kind of see someone’s true beliefs and how he really feels when he said it.

“It’s time for action. Apologies, we appreciate it, but now we need action. How much do you really care?”

Many have criticized Brees for failing to see the perspective of others, and even in his first apology, his wording put the onus on others, saying “I am sick about the way my comments were perceived, . . .”

“It was shocking, but that was just — how can I say it — just people not knowing,” Jones said. “He hasn’t walked in our shoes. But you would think he would have empathy from being in the locker room. But he still leaves and doesn’t have the same problems. It’s just going to start with people’s willingness to listen and learn about our position and [be] willing to change it, taking action. . . .

“What we really need is action. Guys that are behind us. Guys that are willing to take action. Guys that want to speak up about it. . . . You have to be pushing forward and not just willing to sit back. That’s how I feel.”

And more statements or Instagram videos apparently aren’t going to be enough to change that.

11 responses to “Deion Jones: Drew Brees’ apology needs to turn to action

  1. Even though I despise his ideology, I respect Kaepernick more than Brees. At least Kaepernick stayed true to what he believes in. I have never seen anyone roll over as fast as Brees did. I don’t think it even took 24 hours.

  2. So your going to rip a guy from what I’ve read has done wonderful things for the black community in New Orleans. Give it a rest.

  3. how soon everyone forgets. brees has done so much for commmunity in new orleans its ridiculous. “actions speak louder than words” unless youre drew brees.

  4. According to Joe Horn and people who actually know what he does in the community and who he is as a person, he already does, which is more than can be said about most NFL players, regardless of race.

  5. So it is okay for players to voice their opinion thru a protest. But Drew Brees speaks his mind and he is villified? Makes no sense to me.

  6. Drew doesn’t have to do jack squat. The things he has done for that city especially post Katrina are pretty spectacular. No athletes done more for that City than Brees.

  7. I have the same views as Brees (as he once did at least). So you can imagine what I think about kaepernick. But I have 10x more respect for Kaepernick. he has never rolled over for anyone and you have to respect that at least. Brees rolled over like a dying fish in less than 24 hours. No respect ever again.

  8. Michael E

  9. Deion, what action have you taken that is greater then what Brees has done pal?

    Practice what you preach.

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