Donald Trump: Drew Brees should not have apologized, we all should stand

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President Trump weighed in today on the controversy surrounding Drew Brees, saying the Saints’ quarterback was right to criticize kneeling during the national anthem and wrong to apologize for his statement.

Trump wrote on Twitter that Brees should stand by what he initially said, when he suggested that kneeling during the anthem is disrespecting the country. Brees has apologized but has not taken back his initial statement.

“I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!”

Trump has been a frequent critic of NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, and he may see that stance as a winning campaign issue in the fall. Some NFL players are sure to kneel again during the coming season, and Trump is sure to criticize them.

161 responses to “Donald Trump: Drew Brees should not have apologized, we all should stand

  1. Racism is so ingrained into American society, that when you protest racism, people think you are protesting against America.
    There is no disrespect to the flag by kneeling when you have already been told why the kneeling is being done.

  2. Free agents should find out who the owners voted for before deciding on which teams to sign with.

  3. If he so loved the flag then why did he not serve it when it was his time to go to war?

  4. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” – Colin Kaepernick
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    It’s been about the flag since day 1.

  5. You can be against police brutality, support Black Lives Matter, and be against disrespect to the flag, all at the same time. It’s not that difficult.

  6. How is there no disrespect to the flag by kneeling? WHY choose the moment that is meant to honor our flag if not to disrespect it. Sorry but until someone can explain this you all sound self-delusional like you are saying it just because you are afraid of getting the same backlash Drew Brees got.

  7. Brees really didn’t need to apologize anyways. He didn’t say a damn thing wrong. It’s his opinion and the opinion of many. .

  8. If we all have the right to protest in whatever (peaceful) way we see fit, I think by that same logic we also have the right to disagree with the ways in which others decide to protest. Nobody should be bullied into apologizing for their opinions.

  9. The fact that racism is not tolerated in this country is one of the many things that makes it so great. Yes we live in a great country, and that’s exactly why we should stand.

    But yall go ahead and keep seeing the glass as half-empty if you’d like.

  10. The flag represents our freedom and our rights as citizens. Kneeling is one of those rights. You can’t pick and choose what rights we should have based on your personal opinion.

  11. OMG,I never thought I would agree with Trump on anything! Can’t wait till he’s out of office! But I do agree with him on this.

  12. The issue just ain’t that black and white (no pun intended). Why Trump panders to his political base rather than trying to reach a more complete and diverse group of Americans is beyond me.

  13. sporadic says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm

    How is there no disrespect to the flag by kneeling? WHY choose the moment that is meant to honor our flag if not to disrespect it…
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    because a protest needs a stage to be noticed, otherwise no one would pay attention. See John Carlos and Tommie Smith ’68 Olympics.

  14. Recent polls suggest law and order will be the #1 campaign issue. The majority of people in this country will support whoever has the toughest stance on enforcing current laws and not look the other way when a crime is being committed. I’m thinking that is the incumbent.

  15. There is no debate about whether kneeling/remaining seated for the flag is disrespecting the flag and what it stands for. IT IS. People need to recognize that the debate is really about whether our society fully deserves that respect when it has recently proven itself to be so far removed from its founding ideals.

  16. My problem with kneeling at an NFL game is the idea that an employee thinks he has the right to hijack the message of a major event for his personal cause, regardless of how worthy. I can’t hang a sign on the side of a Microsoft building just because I have a message or cause that is important. I can’t go to an Apple press conference and open with words about my personal opinion on whatever the subject of the day happens to be. It’s not MY platform. My employer is absolutely right to expect me to stay on message or find another place to work.

  17. trump has so much respect for the flag as he showed during National Anthem at his Super Bowl party last year where he fidgeted like a toddler the whole time

  18. Funny how people are trying to spin a positive of kneeling during the national anthem. And they all sound stupid. It’s disrespectful! Period! Players don’t like it, then don’t play. We can get along fine without football and stupid basketball.

  19. So kneeling is insulting to the flag and our troops?

    Does the extra-legal execution of civilians without trial insult the flag and the troops? What about police brutality and abuse of power? What about abandoning democratic norms and traditions? What about racism and injustice? Shouldn’t those insult the troops and the flag?

    What insults our flag and our troops more? Defying everything our democratic system and way of life is meant to represent, or kneeling for two minutes during a football game to call attention to how the country does not live up to its ideals?

    Kneeling is demanding that the country take a look at itself and ask if it has kept the promise of the Constitution and our democracy. There is nothing more American than that.

  20. An employee is not trying to hijack anything. Kaepernick got fired anyway. A high ranking Facebook employee just resigned because of the CEO’s views. If somebody works at Microsoft, the 1rst Amendment still applies. Unless your a sheep.

  21. He only cares because he thinks it represents him now he’s in office.

    It’s represents far more respectful ideas than this guy, liberation for example. The perfect backdrop for a protest to gain such a thing.

  22. As an Army veteran, I feel that every player and coach should kneel during the anthem to protest not only the disgraceful and blatant racism that occurs every day to people of color, but they should also kneel to protest Trump and his racist and divisive rhetoric that demeans and divides all American citizens.

  23. I wish we had strapped Donald Trump to that Space-X rocket and yeeted him out of our atmosphere. He can tweet from mars. Send him there.

  24. Shut up, Draft Dodger! You don’t qualify to comment because you have no real courage.

  25. A little over 7 months and America will be free of this abomination.

    This commenter rarely tells the truth but like the blind squirrel he deserves to get a nut once in awhile. Good job Teddy you have a lick of sense after all. Brees is smart enough to see an error he has made the other child claims he doesn’t make mistakes.

  26. He makes a bigger fuss about this flag than he does about a man mercilessly choked to death in the streets.

    And yet people still support him.

  27. If they are so oppressed they should have their contracts terminated and move out of the country.

  28. Racists are a dying breed. What we are witnessing is overt racism in it’s overt form. Trump tried to ressurrect public expressions of racism. He has failed.

    So it’s back under the bed for that type. A failed president (who BTW created the flag diversion) and has Americans dying due to his unmatched incompetence, lacks the clout to influence us anymore. His support is waning and come November 3rd people will #VoteHard to rid us of our greatest enemy.

    The dude teargassed Americans and has UNMARKED mercenaries at the White House. Doing his best rendition of a fascist. If there was time he’d be the first person ever to be impeached TWICE. Now he has a #BabyGate and he hides in a bunker. Tired of winning yet?

  29. This comment will lead to even more kneeling during the national anthem, not just in the NFL.

  30. I can’t wait to come here and read the comments after the bad orange man gets re-elected. I wonder what the next fake scandal will be.

  31. billswillnevermove says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    Brees really didn’t need to apologize anyways. He didn’t say a damn thing wrong. It’s his opinion and the opinion of man

    I KNEW you were a Trumper

  32. Trump the draft dodger is their leader on this issue.

    I would say too funny if it wasn’t so pathetic and sad.

  33. Simple solutions for this: (1) stand for the national anthem but give a black power salute. This removes the biggest objection to the protest, still gets the point across, and honors Tommie Smith and John Carlos, who paid a much higher price for their protests than any modern athlete. Or (2) stop playing the National Anthem before games. It won’t affect the games at all and I for one will love to see the wokerati turn around and have to defend the the National Anthem

  34. nitzie says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:23 pm
    “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color. To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.” – Colin Kaepernick
    ——————
    It’s been about the flag since day 1.

    Actually it has always been about police routinely and cold-bloodedly murdering black Americans who are handcuffed, in cells, or otherwise presenting no possible threat or justification of any kind. And about that happening day after day, year after year, for literally centuries, without the mass of white people minding one little bit.

    But we don’t like to talk about state-sanctioned murder in the Land of the Free. We prefer to talk about the flag. Here Flags Matter. Black Lives, not so much.

  35. OMG I’m so confused……If you are white and support the BLM movement, march with them in protest you are ok, but if you say I don’t like the kneeling during the anthem you are a racist. Then if you say I don’t like the kneeling but support the movement and will march with them what are you? So is it better to sit at home and do nothing?

  36. All this does is guarantee more kneeling and protests from black players. So all you more worried about a song and flag versus the true (unfair)American
    experience for black people are going to have your panties in a knot.

  37. What if you owned a grocery store and one of your employees loved Donald Trump and was always telling your customers how great he thinks Donald Trump is. This upset half of your customers and some of them stopped going to your grocery store. You took your employee aside and said, “Bob, I know you love Donald Trump. It’s your right to advocate for him when you’re not at work, but when you’re at work and representing the grocery store I need you to not upset my customers. OK?” If he refused to stop expressing his opinion and continued to anger some of your customers, what would you do? I’m pretty sure you would fire him.

  38. Lots of chat about systemically racist America is, yet no one can offer specific, clear-cut examples of it. And if you say police brutality you’re gravely mistaken because the FACTUAL numbers don’t support it.

  39. Who cares if people kneel? This is America. They have that freedom. If you prefer forced patriotism I hear North Korea is nice.

  40. The only reason Brees apologized is probably because he got death threats. He probably didn’t all of a sudden change his views…but if my family got threatened over something I said, I would quickly correct it and move on. It doesn’t matter what it’s about… Sure, the earth really is flat.

  41. I wonder how Drew’s grandfathers would feel about Trump evading service in the Vietnam War by having one of his daddy’s tenants write up a note saying that Donny had bone spurs.

  42. Don’t put the players on camera during the anthem. Just a flag blowing in the wind. Problem solved.

  43. If I chose to read the Bible, I don’t have the means to clear out 2 blocks of peaceful protesters for a photo op with a book I never read, or failed miserably to live by. While begging for their votes

  44. This coming from a man whose Slovenian wife had to remind him to place his hand on his heart when the anthem played? A man who couldn’t even hold the Bible up the right way? That one?? OK

  45. t.linn says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:56 pm
    My problem with kneeling at an NFL game is the idea that an employee thinks he has the right to hijack the message of a major event for his personal cause, regardless of how worthy. I can’t hang a sign on the side of a Microsoft building just because I have a message or cause that is important. I can’t go to an Apple press conference and open with words about my personal opinion on whatever the subject of the day happens to be. It’s not MY platform. My employer is absolutely right to expect me to stay on message or find another place to work.

    20 23 Rate This

    Wow! You work for both Microsoft AND Apple?!?

  46. “fissilemissile says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:22 pm
    If he so loved the flag then why did he not serve it when it was his time to go to war?

    338 70 Rate This”

    The same reason your parents dodged the draft many times. Everyone did.

  47. If your dad pays a doctor to swear you have bone spurs, that’s not draft dodging…

    Oh, wait a minute.

  48. Want to stop the kneeling? Quit playing the song. Football and other sports have nothing to do with the flag or the song.

  49. I will never understand why messaging/social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, profootballtalk, etc, that at least want to pretend to be reputable, allow anything by the wack-a-doodle Trump to be shown on their sites.

  50. Here’s What Sad My White Brothers & Sisters

    1. The National Anthem itself is a Racist Song & Yet Some of You Want Blacks to sing it with you.

    2. Whites will never allow a predominantly white city to be police by a predominantly black police force

    3. Blacks carry the Surnames of White Men who’ve murdered, raped, robbed and etc.
    (How would you feel if a criminal did that to your family and yet you are suppose to carry his names as a badge of honor?)

    4. Why is it that the most affluent cities and areas ex:Beach front properties in America are own by White Americans?
    (Shouldn’t the Native Americans make up the highest demographics of these areas?)

    5. Have you ever watch the Discovery Channel or National Geographic? I’m sure you have. Why have these shows always shown ingenious color people only? You’ve seen the naked black women of Africa, the naked Mongolian women of Asia, the naked Amazonian Indian women of S.America, but never a naked White Women or Men from anywhere. Why? Because white people in particular men will never show themselves as being uncivilized.

    These are just a few points of Racism and White Supremacy in this Country. I could point out the Chineese concentration camps, the Oklahoma Trails, The Berlin Conference, The Rabbit Proof Fence of Australia and so on.

    And I mentioned these Truths as An American and Love 4 White People. But Wrong is Wrong and Right will Always B Right.

  51. Why take Trump seriously ? This is the guy who thinks drinking bleach will cure you of the virus.

  52. Why all the drama with kneeling during the anthem?…almost every religion and during their religious celebrations you kneel. you also kneel to pray. As a sign of respect to royalty you kneel. its that simple, kneeling is NOT a sign of disrespect.
    I think holding your fist in the air or turning your back would be more disrespectful than kneeling during our national anthem…or the donny calling the players that are demonstrating their 1st amendment rights SOB’s. That’s our divider and chief…pathetic

  53. picksixx says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    The only reason Brees apologized is probably because he got death threats. He probably didn’t all of a sudden change his views…but if my family got threatened over something I said, I would quickly correct it and move on. It doesn’t matter what it’s about… Sure, the earth really is flat.
    _________________________________________________________
    ….Black people don’t do death threats….and we don’t generally kill on wholesale entering churches and schools.
    Its usually economics for us.

    #knowthereasons

  54. Why not just do away with the anthems before sporting events? I was always taught to remove my cap (if I had one) and stand silently at games. For the most part, I do just that. But I’ve put my cap back on early while some d-lister oversings by 45 seconds. I’ve whispered, mid-anthem, to my buddy about the hot girl two rows ahead. I’ve been in the bathroom mid-pee while the anthem has been on at live games.

    I still love my country and am thankful for our men and women who serve.

    The anthem is a quaint tradition. But sometimes the pomp and circumstance is just that.

    Brees tried to give a nuanced answer but everyone, as is usually the case, simply took from it what they wanted.

    If he opened with “I love and respect my teammates and support whatever they believe they need to do to fight police brutality and systemic racism. I will choose to stand for the anthem to honour my grandfathers”, would there be ruckus?

    Given the polarized political climate, probably. But surely not the firestorm that erupted.

    Tony Dungy is right. There needs to be more discussion to affect positive change, not less. If we’re always cancelling anyone who says something we don’t agree with, with no road back, that change will take even longer to happen.

  55. ajc7nfl says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    What if you owned a grocery store and one of your employees loved Donald Trump and was always telling your customers how great he thinks Donald Trump is. This upset half of your customers and some of them stopped going to your grocery store. You took your employee aside and said, “Bob, I know you love Donald Trump. It’s your right to advocate for him when you’re not at work, but when you’re at work and representing the grocery store I need you to not upset my customers. OK?” If he refused to stop expressing his opinion and continued to anger some of your customers, what would you do? I’m pretty sure you would fire him

    ____________________________________________________________________

    When Kaepernick first knelt, nobody in their right mind could have conceived that Trump would be president, so your analogy is ridiculous.

  56. Although we don’t know Brees personally i bet most of us can say he has conducted himself pretty well over the years in the public eye. With that said, some of the folks criticizing him now have not always conducted themselves well.

    I think that if we are going to argue that it is ok for people to kneel during the anthem, it should be ok if he says he doesn’t agree with it. I agree that folks are kneeling because what is happening with the police is wrong but to him, kneeling during the anthem is wrong. What is wrong with him disagreeing with others. Instead, because everyone is on the edge, he is forced into retracting how he feels for fear of hurting he chemistry of his team for the upcoming season or offending others.

    It is hypocrisy to say people should not be offended for folks kneeling during the anthem and at the same time be offended because other don’t agree that kneeling is ok.

  57. Once again Trump is right. Brees should never apologize for his patriotic and respectful belief. Free speech and free thought are the principles of American Freedom and Brees needs to stand up for himself against the intolerant left in this country

  58. sporadic says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm
    How is there no disrespect to the flag by kneeling? WHY choose the moment that is meant to honor our flag if not to disrespect it. Sorry but until someone can explain this you all sound self-delusional like you are saying it just because you are afraid of getting the same backlash Drew Brees got.
    ////////////
    It’s been explained since day one. You just refuse to listen.

  59. jurgyisgod says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:25 pm
    I wonder how Drew’s grandfathers would feel about Trump evading service in the Vietnam War by having one of his daddy’s tenants write up a note saying that Donny had bone spurs.

    I wonder how Drew’s grand dad would feel about Bill Cinton? Bill Clinton’s integrity and patriotism came under considerable fire in 1992. Clinton had apparently agreed to join the R.O.T.C. as a way of avoiding being drafted into service during the Vietnam War and later reneged on that promise when his draft-lottery number ensured that he would not be selected.

  60. chiefsfolife says:

    Lots of chat about systemically racist America is, yet no one can offer specific, clear-cut examples of it.
    —–
    You should be able to educate yourself as an adult. A simple Google search can give you more than enough evidence.

    30% more likely to be pulled over
    3x more likely to be suspended for the same infraction
    Drugs are used at the same rate, but black Americans are arrested 6x more often
    Black Americans serve prison sentences 20% longer for the same crimes
    Black Americans get paid 25% less than white Americans for the same job

    It goes on and on man. Instead of saying facts don’t exist, educate yourself and most importantly, keep your mind open.

  61. He doesn’t get it. Even the most devoted Republicans should be worried that he’s heading this country straight into a race war with all his rhetoric. Any doubts? Look at images of extreme right activists stirring up violence during demonstrations. His “MAGA night at the White House…” comment is incendiary. He seems to want an American v American battle. Wake up Republicans. He wants to us United States Armed Forces on United States citizens? Making up that the protesters were violent and warranted tear gas and rubber bullets so he could take a photo at a church? Dangerous.

  62. 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.

  63. picksixx says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    The only reason Brees apologized is probably because he got death threats. He probably didn’t all of a sudden change his views…but if my family got threatened over something I said, I would quickly correct it and move on. It doesn’t matter what it’s about… Sure, the earth really is flat.
    _________________________________________________________
    ….Black people don’t do death threats….and we don’t generally kill on wholesale entering churches and schools.
    Its usually economics for us.

    #knowthereasons
    ___________________
    Black people don’t do death threats… We generally don’t kill on wholesale entering churches and schools….
    These comments are extremely prejudice and you don’t even realize it.

  64. chiefsfolife says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm
    Lots of chat about systemically racist America is, yet no one can offer specific, clear-cut examples of it. And if you say police brutality you’re gravely mistaken because the FACTUAL numbers don’t support it.

    1) Voter suppression in minority neighborhoods through ID laws, lack of mail in voting, insufficient polling places

    2) Discrimination in home finance lending “Redlining” in area of high minority population

    3) Racial profiling

    4) Environmental injustice in the form of placing polluting factories/refineries/incinerators in low income/minority neighrborhoods

    5) Hiring discrimination- A white man with a prison record with the same qualifications as a black man with a prison record is twice as likely to get a call back from a job interview

    6) Too many to mention in criminal justice. A black person is twice as likely to be sentenced to death than a white man for the same crime.

    How much time do you have?

    Your experience is not the same as everyone else’s, stop CHOOSING ignorance.

  65. This is coming from a president who bailed out on military service five times because his feet hurt, HA!

  66. Droolboy, the last thing I need from someone like you is validation or condescension. Especially from someone from the shallow end of the gene pool.Accusing me of lying and calling names constantly, without facts, is very Trumpian anjd hypocritical. I don’t care how much DBrees panders. Which way will the wind blow tomorrow?

  67. Side note: it’s been heartening to see the range of viewpoints in the PFT comment boards expand. Circa 2018, the loudest and seemingly only voices in the “room” were feckless sycophants who wanted to be arbiters of who can have and express an opinion; I’m happy to see there are a lot more site visitors who do not need to use football to perpetuate culture wars and/or their grievance politics. Being a thoughtful listener and communicator: still an apolitical skill.

  68. Shut up Trump. The country is in tatters, on your watch. Your opinion means nothing…in fact, whatever you say, people should do the opposite.

  69. tedmurph says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:30 pm
    If I chose to read the Bible, I don’t have the means to clear out 2 blocks of peaceful protesters for a photo op with a book I never read, or failed miserably to live by. While begging for their votes
    _________________________________
    Your speaker of the house did the same prop with a bible. Facts matter.

  70. I respect Drew’s and Trump’s or anyone’s Honest Truths. I would rather be told the truth than a lie. An not some PR apology. I dont care if you say, I dont like black people, fat people and etc. But to hear I’m your best friend and u got your back, but when my back is turn you say otherwise or something worse. I’m going to question your character and integrity regardless of race or etc.

  71. Biden was pandering to the looters and arsonists, saying they could “express themselves.” Of course Joe doesn’t have to worry about his home being burned down.

  72. I respect Drew. I disagree with him. He didn’t have to apologize. It makes no difference to me whether or not he did. He is a football player. Not everyone can agree. Not everyone is from the same area, has had the same experiences or has had a reason to care about others. Is he short sighted? I think so. But Kaep and others kneeling did exactly what it was supposed to: get us talking. It wasn’t a perfect result, but people know where I stand now, and I know where others do too when it comes to systemic racism. Hate the guy (Brees or Kaep) but listen to them. They tell you everything you need to know about themselves and others who have an opinion. Apology or not.

  73. Protest all you want. No one cares if people enjoy their constitutional rights. Here is the problem with the kneeling. Half of the fans don’t like it. Fans are the money for the contracts. Don’t bite the hand that feeds you. If players kneel during the national anthem, I am not watching the games. I don’t care what anyone else does regarding the kneeling. Watch, don’t watch. Matters little to me.

  74. jrcowboy49 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 6:16 pm
    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.
    _-_——_——_——-_——_

    This simply isn’t true. Corporations and their owners/hired managers give $billions$ in the legalized bribery we call “campaign contributions.” Since the GOP Supreme Court decided money is speech, they are seriously screaming from the rooftops their views on politics, and social justice for billionaires.

  75. florioforpresident says:
    June 5, 2020 at 6:19 pm
    picksixx says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:24 pm
    The only reason Brees apologized is probably because he got death threats. He probably didn’t all of a sudden change his views…but if my family got threatened over something I said, I would quickly correct it and move on. It doesn’t matter what it’s about… Sure, the earth really is flat.
    _________________________________________________________
    ….Black people don’t do death threats….and we don’t generally kill on wholesale entering churches and schools.
    Its usually economics for us.

    #knowthereasons
    ___________________
    Black people don’t do death threats… We generally don’t kill on wholesale entering churches and schools….
    These comments are extremely prejudice and you don’t even realize it.
    _____________________________________________________________________
    ….oh trust dcpatfan realizes it. its just it stings ou on so many levels

  76. We all ought to respect our country.
    At the same time, and of greater importance, we all ought to hold our country to account when it needs it.
    That’s it in a nutshell with the concept of ‘self governance’

    Letting things slide, being unaccountable is a guarantee of wrongdoing.

  77. As an Army veteran, I feel that every player and coach should kneel during the anthem to protest not only the disgraceful and blatant racism that occurs every day to people of color, but they should also kneel to protest Trump and his racist and divisive rhetoric that demeans and divides all American citizens.
    __________________________________________________________________

    Agreed and thank you for your service. Trump is a hypocrite, he dodged serving in our military and he has sat numerous times during the anthem (do your homework). Also, Kaep has donated millions to charities and orgs. that support veterans, how many of these so-called patriots can say the same? Stop trying to take the attention away from the reason he started kneeling in the first place. Oh, by the way it was a veteran who asked him to incorporate kneeling into his peaceful protest, so you can stop with the disrespecting our military garbage. Goodness will prevail…God bless all my brothers and sisters on the side of goodness and humanity.

  78. Police profiling blacks isn’t racism people, it’s the product of blacks overwhelmingly committing the majority of violent crimes in America. Like it or not it is what it is, and until that problem changes the police will always give more attention to blacks. So apparently black lives matter, but only when they’re taken by whites or police because I hear crickets about the black on black crime problem in America. Why is that? Why does that, amongst other things that plague the black community never get brought up? And some of you want to defund police. That’s ABSURD!!!! The people that would suffer the most from that are the very people you claim to want to help.

    The black community has major problems that were primarily caused by 55 years of failed policy, not systemic racism or police brutality. But I get it, the phony narrative is easier to peddle on those who don’t know better, or those such as Al Sharpton who claim to be champions for African-Americans. About the only thing Sharpton ever did was get rich at the expense of people he pretends to care about.

  79. trumps an idiot con man. Says things like this to fire up his base. By saying this, more and more players WILL take a knee. November 4th cant get here fast enough. Wonder what country he will flee to…

  80. Nancy Pelosi opened her own Bible and read from it to disparage what Trump did. A literate rebuttal to lunacy. Not equivalent. Fox News is not doing anyone any favors.

  81. Uh, Trump was right about the Central Park 5.

    And what happened to the critics here from seven weeks ago who guffawed when Trump said he was hopeful there would be an NFL season? Y’all relying on Fauci? Still doing ‘orange man bad’ nonsense?

    Brees owes himself an apology.

  82. “Houston, we have a problem….”

    There is now a massive, ongoing public demonstration of the fact that the training of our civilian law enforcement has gone badly wrong, that we have raised up generations of over-armed, over-amped Praetorian goons with no qualms at all about injuring or killing the citizens they are paid to protect. Indeed, they are committing these crimes under color of law, knowing full well that almost everybody in the country can record their crimes on pocket-sized telephones. They know and they simply…don’t…care. This is impunity turned to iron certainty.
    The Pentagon runs a program whereby local police departments can obtain surplus weapons of war, further militarizing their function and further militarizing the mentality of their officers. ~Charles P. Pierce

  83. wheywheyprotein says:
    June 5, 2020 at 6:21 pm
    chiefsfolife says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:18 pm
    Lots of chat about systemically racist America is, yet no one can offer specific, clear-cut examples of it. And if you say police brutality you’re gravely mistaken because the FACTUAL numbers don’t support it.

    1) Voter suppression in minority neighborhoods through ID laws, lack of mail in voting, insufficient polling places

    2) Discrimination in home finance lending “Redlining” in area of high minority population

    3) Racial profiling

    4) Environmental injustice in the form of placing polluting factories/refineries/incinerators in low income/minority neighrborhoods

    5) Hiring discrimination- A white man with a prison record with the same qualifications as a black man with a prison record is twice as likely to get a call back from a job interview

    6) Too many to mention in criminal justice. A black person is twice as likely to be sentenced to death than a white man for the same crime.

    How much time do you have?

    Your experience is not the same as everyone else’s, stop CHOOSING ignorance.
    ______________________________________________
    Want More?

    4 Billion for prisons and enforcement of the inner city Crack Epidemic of the 80’s but 400 for Million for treatment and programs for the opiod epidemic in the midwest.

    Labeling offenders as young as 15 SuperPredators to enact harsher sentencing Laws.

    Interest rates upwards of a 5% increase when your skin is black regardless of exact credit worthiness.

    before you ever fix your mouth to say something that ignorant, get an education on the real.

  84. Police profiling blacks isn’t racism people, it’s the product of blacks overwhelmingly committing the majority of violent crimes in America. Like it or not it is what it is, and until that problem changes the police will always give more attention to blacks. So apparently black lives matter, but only when they’re taken by whites or police because I hear crickets about the black on black crime problem in America. Why is that? Why does that, amongst other things that plague the black community never get brought up? And some of you want to defund police. That’s ABSURD!!!! The people that would suffer the most from that are the very people you claim to want to help.

    This should go in the dictionary as people that are the main part of the probem in America, and have no clue it’s about them.

  85. someone made the following false and historically inaccurate claim: “years of failed policy, not systemic racism or police brutality”

    Check out banking policy, redlining, employment and hiring practices, educational funding, right down the line…
    When the phrase “systemic abuse” is invoked, it’s meaning is centered on the FACT that the systems of enterprise and government have knowingly targeted African Americans, and other minorities.
    Knowingly, systematically, for hundreds of years.
    Want to buy a home?
    Want to live somewhere better?
    Want your children to go to a good school?
    Want to apply for and get a decent job?

    Systematically prevented, blocked, obstructed, denied.
    Something white folks have participated in without complaint; after all–“I’m gettin’ my gig, I’m gettin’ my house, I’m gettin’ mine…. ”

    A just society recognizes that we’re all in this together.

  86. No ququestion racism exists and it sucks but it has existed under every president. To blame any one President is like blaming any one person for anything. Peaceful protesters should not have to apologize for protesting and people who feel differently should not have to apologize for standing up for their view. This will pass, as all things do, but protest when a kid is gun downed in a neighborhood like you protest when the tragic events happened to this man. Black lives do matter, but does a black life matter more when a white cop kills a black adult over a black adult killing a black child? Who’s black life mattered more? When was the last rioting and protest for a black child slain by a black adult? A life is a life, regardless of color…

  87. chiefsfolife says:
    June 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm
    Police profiling blacks isn’t racism people, it’s the product of blacks overwhelmingly committing the majority of violent crimes in America. Like it or not it is what it is, and until that problem changes the police will always give more attention to blacks. So apparently black lives matter, but only when they’re taken by whites or police because I hear crickets about the black on black crime problem in America. Why is that? Why does that, amongst other things that plague the black community never get brought up? And some of you want to defund police. That’s ABSURD!!!! The people that would suffer the most from that are the very people you claim to want to help.

    The black community has major problems that were primarily caused by 55 years of failed policy, not systemic racism or police brutality. But I get it, the phony narrative is easier to peddle on those who don’t know better, or those such as Al Sharpton who claim to be champions for African-Americans. About the only thing Sharpton ever did was get rich at the expense of people he pretends to care about.

    ———————————-

    Check out redlining and what the banks did to the blacks years ago and how they refused to give poor black families loans for houses but did so for poor white families. Look at how banks drew redlines around predominantly black neighborhoods and devalued their homes.
    You don’t see systemic racism because you choose to ignore evidence supporting proof of it.

  88. So the alternative to the incumbent is to vote for a man whose elevator no longer goes to the top floors?

  89. Ted Murph says:
    it’s the product of blacks overwhelmingly committing the majority of violent crimes in America. 

    This is incorrect according to every reputable scientific report. At best you are ignorant, at worst, you are purposely lieing to push your cause

  90. Doc Smith, do you mean the same 5 people that were exonerated after DNA evidence proved otherwise? Do you chose racism over science?

  91. People should the entirety of Brees’ comments.

    He answered the question about kneeling. He also mentioned the importance of the Civil Rights movement, the call for unity to address these issues.

    Mob mentality in this country. I agree with Tony Dungy on this. Let’s have a conversation versus going after the man.

  92. There’s gonna be a lot of sore people in here on November 7th when Michigan gets done counting their fraudulent votes and it’s still not enough.

  93. I have no problem with someone kneeling in protest but what everyone is missing why do these players think they have a right to do while being paid

    If I paid for ticket to watch the game I’m there to watch a game NOT to see someone give me their political view

    It would be like going to a play & right in the middle of the play one of the actors decide to let everyone know his political views,why would I have to tolerate that

    Where is my rights ??

  94. I wish I could get all points in one post, but have neglected key points…

    Right now, TODAY, a Republican Senator is BLOCKING an anti-Lynching bill. Sen. Randy Paul, representing the racist views of his racist constituents, doesn’t want to approve…or even acknowledge… lynching as a systemic practice in the South.

    The police in the South up until only recently were solidly white. The police protected known lynchers, in fact, in many cases participated in lynching. See Mississippi Burning to get a sense of the climate in the ’60’s. Change, for some, is a “never!” stance.

  95. chiefsfolife says:

    June 5, 2020 at 6:48 pm

    Police profiling blacks isn’t racism people, it’s the product of blacks overwhelmingly committing the majority of violent crimes in America. Like it or not it is what it is, and until that problem changes the police will always give more attention to blacks. So apparently black lives matter, but only when they’re taken by whites or police because I hear crickets about the black on black crime problem in America. Why is that? Why does that, amongst other things that plague the black community never get brought up? And some of you want to defund police. That’s ABSURD!!!! The people that would suffer the most from that are the very people you claim to want to help.

    The black community has major problems that were primarily caused by 55 years of failed policy, not systemic racism or police brutality. But I get it, the phony narrative is easier to peddle on those who don’t know better, or those such as Al Sharpton who claim to be champions for African-Americans. About the only thing Sharpton ever did was get rich at the expense of people he pretends to care about.

    THAT IS FACTS. ANYONE THAT GAVE YOU A THUMBS DOWN FOR THAT COMMENT IS A BLIND FOOL

  96. Trump is a proud man! Everybody gets offended over any tiny little thing, thanks to Obama’s wussification of our country and social media. Trump is the exact opposite and will tell anyone, even Drew Brees, “you did wrong!”

  97. correctingerrors says:
    June 5, 2020 at 7:22 pm
    Ted Murph says:
    it’s the product of blacks overwhelmingly committing the majority of violent crimes in America.

    This is incorrect according to every reputable scientific report. At best you are ignorant, at worst, you are purposely lieing to push your cause.

    The only idiot is the one not smart enough to realize I didn’t post that statement. I tried to refute it. America is wick’d smaht. #tool.

  98. I know I’m gonna get hammered for this but it’s just my opinion. I find nothing wrong with what Drew Brees said. If one disagrees that’s fine but the firestorm that followed? Just me!

    DREW BREES: I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.

    GOLDMAN: Brees went on to say how during the anthem, he looks at the flag, thinking of his two grandfathers who fought in World War II, risking their lives to protect the country
    He was bullied into walking this statement back! We all know he still feels the same way! Kneel before or after the anthem not during! For all the men and women who have lost their lives or come home missing body parts defending OUR flag it’s a total disgrace! Just an opinion!

  99. correctingerrors says:
    June 5, 2020 at 7:25 pm
    Doc Smith, do you mean the same 5 people that were exonerated after DNA evidence proved otherwise? Do you chose racism over science?

    Reply: DNA wasn’t the evidence that convicted the “Central Park Five.” It’s hard to believe today, but in 1989 DNA was rarely used to convict anyone, so it wouldn’t have been carefully collected by police investigators. DNA identifications had only been invented a few years earlier and were not even permitted in New York courts until six months before the 1989 Central Park wilding.

    Instead, this case was solved with old-fashioned police work.

    Next!

  100. hitemhard44 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 7:32 pm
    I have no problem with someone kneeling in protest but what everyone is missing why do these players think they have a right to do while being paid

    If I paid for ticket to watch the game I’m there to watch a game NOT to see someone give me their political view

    It would be like going to a play & right in the middle of the play one of the actors decide to let everyone know his political views,why would I have to tolerate that

    Where is my rights ??

    —————————–

    If their employer allows it, then that is their right to protest.
    I am sure your job doesn’t allow you to tackle someone just because they are holding a football. Just like a football player isn’t allowed to troubleshoot SQL code during a football game either.

    Stop comparing what you are allowed to do at your job vs what football players are allowed to do during theirs. They aren’t the same.

    Furthermore, you don’t have to tolerate it. Simply don’t watch at all or just don’t watch during the anthem. I never watch the anthem, and it has nothing to do with kneeling.

  101. For the sake of argument; “institutional racism” exists.
    But if Liberals control the Big Cities, the media, the universities, the criminal justice system, the courts, the District Attorneys and the judges.

    Who is really responsible for the institutional racism?

    Liberals.

  102. It’s amazing to me everyone is saying these are bullying Brees. Poor snowflakes getting bullied into retracting stupid comments

  103. You people know the same people that voted trump in will vote for him again, and more.

    Oh wait let’s put some left wing liberal nut job in. They will stand up there soon and try to out pander one another and tell you all the stuff they will give you for free..

  104. Democrats are the party of civil rights reform. Republicans(conservitives) are the party of racism. WAKE UP!

  105. Whites. And yes, Democrats participated in redlining.
    Just a reminder: The southern “dixiecrats” were democrats that walked out of Democratic party adoption of Civil Rights legislation. Strom Thurmond led the group…and turned to the party that really represented their Jim Crow, racist worldview: the Republican party.

    It’s been that way since the mid ’60s.
    The “southern strategy” used by every Republican, from Nixon, to Reagan, to Bush 1 and Bush lite….to the current occupant of the WH….all play up their racial bona fides to placate an enduringly bitter white southern conservative voter.

  106. I’m standing for the Anthem, country and freedom. Kneel,if you want because you can,but don’t tell me to be guilty or I have white privilege therefore I should kneel.
    Brees wants to apologize that’s his choice.
    President wants to speak that’s his choice.
    That’s why we live free.
    To bad a game, football, is used to make a point. A game.

  107. So, where was the outrage when DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar robbed party guest? I didnt see anybody speaking up about that? Cody Latimer Accused of felony discharge of a weapon in Englewood, Colo., after deputies responded to report of shots fired. Jayron Kearse Accused of driving drunk in Minneapolis, with loaded Glock handgun in his car without a permit. Why didn’t other players speak out about that? Mark Walton Police say he punched his pregnant girlfriend several times in the head in Davie, Fla. Where was the out rage on that? Tyrel Dodson Accused of hitting his girlfriend and damaging her front door in Scottsdale, Ariz.b Why weren’t these called called out?

    But yet you wanna jump all over Drew Brees, you see the hypocrisy here? Yet Brees wasn’t carrying a gun nor did he beat his wife, but you all take to social media piling on like a bunch of Sheeple. LaBron shut the hell and play basketball you’re not in the NFL. You’ll call out a white man for stating his opinion, but yet wont’ say anything anything about players who commit violent acts against society and women. I want to you explain this!

  108. Black people don’t do death threats… We generally don’t kill on wholesale entering churches and schools….
    These comments are extremely prejudice and you don’t even realize it.
    _____________________________________________________________________
    ….oh trust dcpatfan realizes it. its just it stings ou on so many levels
    ___________________________________________
    Child Please! It doesn’t sting me on any level. Get over yourself. I know there is a problem with police brutality against black people. I know that something has to be done! There is no denying there is a problem but you just admitted you intentionally posted prejudice comments and then you are on this site posting about all the injustice. #hypocrisy

  109. I agree with our president, Brees didn’t have to apologize for what many Patriots in this country feel. Come September I won’t watch a single game, and for you sheep come November we get four more years, deal with it!

    I’ll say it again, wheres the outcry and support for David Dorn, retired black cop murdered? Oh, doesn’t fit the skewed agenda I get it.

  110. Hey James, what was it about when Nike put the Betsy Ross flag on a shoe? Why did the ex qb get upset?
    A basketball player that can’t walk on water, sickening!

  111. sporadic says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:24 pm
    How is there no disrespect to the flag by kneeling? WHY choose the moment that is meant to honor our flag if not to disrespect it. Sorry but until someone can explain this you all sound self-delusional like you are saying it just because you are afraid of getting the same backlash Drew Brees got.
    ——————-
    Maybe to force attention to a situation and events that some people find easy to ignore regardless of the cruelty and lack of humanity.

    You might consider reading “An open letter to Colin Kaepernick”, authored by Nate Boyer, the veteran who encouraged Kaepernick to kneel. I

    Hey Mike Florio: Would you mind publishing or linking to it?

  112. These are facts. Look them up .
    2019 unarmed deaths by police:
    BLACK 10 people
    WHITE 32 people
    Policemen killed 78

    This is not genocide

  113. tedy54 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:54 pm
    ajc7nfl says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:17 pm
    What if you owned a grocery store and one of your employees loved Donald Trump and was always telling your customers how great he thinks Donald Trump is. This upset half of your customers and some of them stopped going to your grocery store. You took your employee aside and said, “Bob, I know you love Donald Trump. It’s your right to advocate for him when you’re not at work, but when you’re at work and representing the grocery store I need you to not upset my customers. OK?” If he refused to stop expressing his opinion and continued to anger some of your customers, what would you do? I’m pretty sure you would fire him
    ——————————————
    No Business anywhere in the USA has the right to force a person to stand and pledge allegiance to anything. Your point is pointless.

  114. Systematic racism needs to be corrected. That’s a worthy goal. Brees’ first statement was about how he respected the Flag and Country. It was I’ll timed and insensitive as it left the impression he was not in favor of improving systematic racism & appalled by Mr. Floyd’s murder. That’s not what he meant, and I accept his apology for its insensitivity.

    All that said; How then does it make sense to chastise non black people, immediately dismissing their opinions and piling up criticism because of the color of their skin? I don’t need to be a black man, a gay person, a brown person or even a white poverty stricken person, to emphasize with them and want to improve the system.

  115. One more addendum: Upthread, someone claimed it was ‘liberals’ in the big cities that caused…. racism?

    for perspective, I acknowledged, yes some democrats were racist and talked about Strom Thurmond and Dixiecrats.
    What I really need to add is this: The Democratic Party…over the last 80 years, has been the most progressive party interested in a ‘big tent’ that advances the rights of oppressed. Make no mistake there were retrograde elements in pockets of the country….
    Eleanor Roosevelt, FDR, Truman, Kennedy, LBJ, Carter…. all had their individual impacts and initiatives.

    I’ll put their work up against anyone from the Republican party. There is no comparison.
    The Democratic party is a progressive, forward looking party interested in civil and human rights.

  116. Flash1211 says:
    June 5, 2020 at 8:06 pm
    You people know the same people that voted trump in will vote for him again, and more.

    Oh wait let’s put some left wing liberal nut job in. They will stand up there soon and try to out pander one another and tell you all the stuff they will give you for free..
    ——————————————–
    Yet Red states take more federal aid than blue states. Try another argument.

  117. mjwarker says:
    June 5, 2020 at 8:32 pm
    I agree with our president, Brees didn’t have to apologize for what many Patriots in this country feel. Come September I won’t watch a single game, and for you sheep come November we get four more years, deal with it!

    I’ll say it again, wheres the outcry and support for David Dorn, retired black cop murdered? Oh, doesn’t fit the skewed agenda I get it.
    ______________________
    Thank you! I guess not all lives matter if you are a police officer. This man faithfully served his community for decades and his murder is treated as if it doesn’t matter.

  118. I love reading all the anti Trump comments from the snowflakes and bed wetters.
    I can’t wait to hear the sobs when he gets re-elected.

  119. “Dak coming at it from an angle unexpected. Hats off to DaK!”

    Dak’s performing for an audience of one, Jerr. It’s all about money.

  120. 4 more years of this?!
    You are out of your mind if you think this country could withstand this.

    The worst president in modern history.

  121. kneeling during the national anthem is a non disruptive respectable form of protest. if you want to live somewhere where it is illegal to protest and everyone is forced to worship a symbol or a person, move to china or russia or north korea. personally i love democracy.

  122. Right now, TODAY, a Republican Senator is BLOCKING an anti-Lynching bill. Sen. Randy Paul, representing the racist views of his racist constituents, doesn’t want to approve…or even acknowledge… lynching as a systemic practice in the South.

    —————-
    You’d be wrong based on facts. Do your own research. The media is lying to you. That’s not why he didn’t vote for it.

  123. bostonblows says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm
    Come November, YOU’RE FIRED.

    1027 545 Rate This
    ///////////

    Now THAT’S a good ratio.

  124. People care more about a piece of colored cloth more than the fact this country IS NOT living up to what the flag is supposed to stand for. I will do what Trump says…I will take a stand….by kneeling for racial equality and social justice!

  125. USA National Anthem code requires standing when the national anthem is played whether a flag is present or not. So when the National Anthem is played on the radio – How many of you patriots stop your vehicle – get out and stand at attention. Only saw one person do it in my 80 years of living. So how much worse is kneeling to bring attention to an injustice than to just sit on your A*s and speed down the road during the Star Spangled Banner being played.
    36 U.S. Code § 301.National anthem
    (a)Designation.—
    The composition consisting of the words and music known as the Star-Spangled Banner is the national anthem.
    (b)Conduct During Playing.—During a rendition of the national anthem—
    (1)when the flag is displayed—
    (A)individuals in uniform should give the military salute at the first note of the anthem and maintain that position until the last note;
    (B)members of the Armed Forces and veterans who are present but not in uniform may render the military salute in the manner provided for individuals in uniform; and
    (C)all other persons present should face the flag and stand at attention with their right hand over the heart, and men not in uniform, if applicable, should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart; and
    (2)when the flag is not displayed, all present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they would if the flag were displayed.
    (Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1263; Pub. L. 110–417, [div. A], title V, § 595, Oct. 14, 2008, 122 Stat. 4475.)

  126. bostonblows says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:18 pm
    Come November, YOU’RE FIRED.
    ———————————–
    I couldn’t agree more!!!!

  127. Brees had to apologize. His safety told him to shut the “eff” up. So Drew’s (whom I love) options were 1) say nothing 2) double down or 3) apologize. Not hard to see which one he had to choose. As for our infant President with frontotemporal dementia let’s look as his recent statements.

    1) Covid-19 had disappeared. Lordy its a miracle!
    2) Unemployment is down. The report lied, has an asterisk buried saying its up 1 million.
    2) He retweeted Candace Owens saying George Floyd is not a good man.

    What’s Drew going to do? Embrace that? Not and retain the respect of his minority teammates.

    As for President Bone Spurs, his reelection has got issues. When farmers in NE Kansas say that Mario Cuomo has been “spot on correct” and goes on to commend him for “telling the truth, something that has sorely lacking as of late” then Five Deferment Donnie (who can’t carry a rifle but has no problems with a golf club) should be very concerned.

  128. Does anyone really care what the president says at this point? He was taking a drug used to treat malaria as a preventative measure against Covid. After that anything he says is just white noise in the background.

  129. The worst president in USA history Trump, gives a horrible take on Drew’s comments.
    Thanks for those 46 miles of fencing you put up on our southern border though now get back to the bunker.

  130. Why does the anthem have to be at the beginning of a game? Just because it always has?

    Make it part of halftime activities when the players are in the locker room. If they can sing ‘America the Beautiful’ in the seventh inning of baseball games, why can’t they sing ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ as part of NFL halftime show?

  131. I have read a lot of ill or mis-informed replies in this thread, obviously it has turned political in many ways. I doubt my words will be heard, but before you post what you KNOW – fact check it. Unless you have verified from an investigative source, passing on what you have “heard” may be anywhere from zero to 100% true. As purportedly “intelligent” carbon based organisms attempting to have a conversation, we should all try to speak the truth as it really is, not as we think we know it. So stop for a moment before you cite some “fact” and go to snopes.com or any other number of fact checking sources and verify your claims before yet again passing those nuggets of verbiage on. I’d also volunteer that claiming to know someones motives when you are not close to their private lives – is nothing more than armchair quarterbacking, as has been done several times here about the Brees family.

    How many here know anything about the Declaration of Independence or the US Constitution for that matter? Has anyone heard this phrase before?

    “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

    The founding fathers set up a republic that was designed to to be free from fascism, tyranny, injustice and authoritarianism – for everyone. Some here, should get educated about the country we live in and stop lobbing hand grenades because they “think” they know what being an American is. Racism, violence, power playing for political power at the cost of the truth is not what this country is about. Hypothetically, if the founding fathers saw what has become of the tenets they put in place – it is likely they would revolt and clean house, just as was done hundreds of years ago to get rid of the oppression and hate that we are again experiencing today.

  132. veritas says:
    June 5, 2020 at 5:04 pm
    So kneeling is insulting to the flag and our troops?

    Does the extra-legal execution of civilians without trial insult the flag and the troops? What about police brutality and abuse of power? What about abandoning democratic norms and traditions? What about racism and injustice? Shouldn’t those insult the troops and the flag?

    What insults our flag and our troops more? Defying everything our democratic system and way of life is meant to represent, or kneeling for two minutes during a football game to call attention to how the country does not live up to its ideals?

    Kneeling is demanding that the country take a look at itself and ask if it has kept the promise of the Constitution and our democracy. There is nothing more American than that.

    ———————————————————-

    I think this is about as well put as one could ask for.

    I will also add that Kaepernick’s protest (and subsequent protests by other athletes) was twisted to focus on the flag – which is/was basically a willful attempt to change the subject and refuse to listen to the reasons for the protests in the first place.

  133. billswillnevermove says:
    June 5, 2020 at 4:26 pm
    Brees really didn’t need to apologize anyways. He didn’t say a damn thing wrong. It’s his opinion and the opinion of many. .
    ********************************************
    The opinion of some who never had to experience that type of racism. They will never seem to get it or are just apathetic and indifferent to the plight of fellow human beings.

  134. Just for the record I can’t make hide nor hair out of the censorship on this website. In my humble opinion it’s disgraceful.

  135. > An employee is not trying to hijack anything. Kaepernick got fired anyway.

    Kap was never fired. After being replacd by Blaine Gabbert (twice), he opted out of his contract with the Niners and entered the free agency. The Seahawks took a sniff, but wisely decided that Wilson was the better option. The Ravens talked to him about a backup role behind Flacco, but Kap (and his girlfriend) weren’t interested. Before the AAF folded, it approached Kap about a starting role on one of their teams. Kap demanded a minimum of $20 million a year, which was $4 million more than the salaries of the entire coaching staff for the entire league. Needless to say the AAF couldn’t afford his salary demands, and there went yet another chance to restart his career.

    I could get into the other reasons Kap is undesirable such as provoking the SF police by wearing socks with pig’s heads in police caps to games and having a hissy fit when the NFL scheduled a workout so he could demonstrate his skills to the majority of the teams in the league, but the bottom line is he walked away from the NFL, did everything in his power to ensure he would never play again, then pointed the finger at everyone but himself when he found himself unemployed. Anything else is 100% revisionist history.

  136. “bird2urmother says:

    The flag represents our freedom and our rights as citizens. Kneeling is one of those rights. You can’t pick and choose what rights we should have based on your personal opinion.”

    You need to read the entire pledge of allegiance and especially the last word of it.

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