Drew Brees answers President Trump: This is not an issue about the flag

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Drew Brees answered President Donald Trump in a Friday night post on social media. He also answered the question of whether his feelings about kneeling during the national anthem have changed.

The president said the Saints quarterback was right to criticize kneeling during the national anthem and wrong to apologize for his statement.

Brees twice apologized for likening kneeling during the national anthem to disrespecting America.

Brees now says he regrets his comments, which “turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.”

Brees addressed his post to President Trump, tagging him in the tweet that linked to his Instagram post.

“Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been,” Brees wrote. “We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities. We did this back in 2017, and regretfully, I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial and prison reform.

“We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history! If not now, then when?

“We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities. We must acknowledge the problems, identify the solutions, and then put this into action. The black community cannot do it alone. This will require all of us.”

Brees had no choice but to respond after Trump’s tweet Friday. He did and in a way that likely will elicit yet another response from the White House.

But he fulfilled his promise to his teammates and other NFL players to listen and to become part of the solution.

77 responses to “Drew Brees answers President Trump: This is not an issue about the flag

  1. President would serve the country a lot better if he stopped antagonizing anyone and everyone on twitter for hours a day and instead did his actual job. Good on brees

  2. No one is perfect but I give Drew Brees for standing up & JUST LISTENING… That is all Black People have asked from White People. Listen to our crying help us make America a better place. THIS HAS NEVER BEEN ABOUT THE FLAG. And if you cared about your fellow man those who think it is about flag we learn and have compassion. It is time for America to be the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA…

  3. Bravo to Brees for taking this as a learning moment and sharing it out with others. He was wrong to begin with but he showed no ego in his remorse. And his response to the sham in charge was the correct one. That’s what a leader does. Recognize the mistake, and challenge yourself to do better. It’s really not that hard.

  4. Lmfao. America 2020.

    Brees says something we don’t like: “He’s a racist!” “He is a clueless moron!” “Screw Drew Brees!”

    2 days later Brees says something we like: “Drew Brees is the man!” “Why can’t more of you be like Drew!”

    Give me a break with this stuff. What a clown show we have become

  5. Tell it to Trump. He has tried to divide this country since he took office. It’s a shame.

  6. So why do players kneel during the national anthem? Kneel another time. No problem. Do it while the anthem is played you show it is about the flag.

  7. It amazes me just how many hit the thumbs down on posts that praise Brees where he ultimately is just saying, “peaceful protest is warranted & as a nation, we must do better”. Seriously… y’all need to look in the mirror because if you do not agree with that, then you seriously need to reevaluate what it means to be a human being. Let the thumbs down begin….. smdh.

  8. I wonder if any fans will have the brass to stand up during the national anthem in the stadiums? Hmmm… a season without fans at the games may not be the worst…

  9. Anybody who disagrees with what Mr. Brees just did, then YOU are part of the problem. Nothing in life is the status quo and your own fear of change is telling.

  10. A couple of days ago he opens his mouth and steps on his tongue, and today he is lecturing the President of the United States of America. I smell a man who would say anything, whatever his immediate audience wants to hear. Brees deserves no respect. I’ll be cheering for the other team every time from now on. I acknowledge the grip blacks have is well founded, but I stand for the National Anthem too. I think you can have it both ways.

  11. Brees has no credibility at this point. Sounds like every other racist that “slips”, gets called out, then changes up their public persona without ever actually changing anything. The good new is you live in the deep south where it’s all good.

  12. “…this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been”

    Finally. Thank you, Drew.

  13. Bubbalicious says:
    June 5, 2020 at 11:17 pm
    That’s it Drew fall over yourself pandering to the politically correct! Jellyfish

    what happened to he has a right to his opinion? yeah now that he’s clarifying his stance you do pound on him.

    So weak.

  14. Long story short, Brees is now a mess, but it never had to be this way…

    What he originally said was NEVER wrong. He NEVER promoted racism, NEVER promoted anyone being inferior, and most importantly, NEVER told people what to do.

    Wake up people. As much as I am a Brady fan, Brees is what we call a man. He has done things for the city of New Orleans that has given them MORE back financially and emotionally that literally any other athlete could possibly do. This guy clearly had zero ill will…..

  15. Easy way out for Drew is to now fight with Trump. Proof he’s now the go along guy. Next, he’ll take on little Debbie the cupcake maker. Weakness personified.

  16. For the umpteenth time, kneeling is not about the flag. It never was. It is about the country needing to improve in the area of policing minority populations. It really isn’t that difficult to understand, unless you just don’t want to.

  17. This has NEVER been about the flag! Those of us without white and wealth privilege would understand! It’s about whats LONG past due for our people and ALL those who support us!

  18. Except Kaepernick himself said he was refusing to stand proudly for that flag, so how is it not about the flag? He literally said: “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people”

    He is spitting on country and flag. Don’t tell me this isn’t disrespect.

  19. Johnny Wishbone says:
    June 5, 2020 at 10:51 pm
    Lmfao. America 2020.

    Brees says something we don’t like: “He’s a racist!” “He is a clueless moron!” “Screw Drew Brees!”

    2 days later Brees says something we like: “Drew Brees is the man!” “Why can’t more of you be like Drew!”

    Give me a break with this stuff. What a clown show we have become

    It’s not a clown show when a person shows compassion and intellectual growth.
    The fact that YOU are uncomfortable about his growth is all about YOU. Like a lot of people who are afraid of change, YOU just don’t like it when some one now disagrees with you.

  20. Codylaws says:
    June 5, 2020 at 10:53 pm
    Tell it to Trump. He has tried to divide this country since he took office. It’s a shame.

    It was already divided after 8 years of Obama, that’s why Trump got elected.

  21. Kaepernick said it was about the flag. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” And he has never taken that back.

  22. The thing that I never understood about the kneeling controversy is those who felt it was disrespectful act like they were required to kneel. This is suppose to be a free country. You can’t force your views on somebody else. It is now the time to listen to each other and respect different viewpoints. Colin never asked anyone to kneel with him. But plenty of people wanted him to stand with them instead of saying I pray we will get to a place where you want to stand because we are living up to the ideals the flag represents.

  23. Then don’t kneel facing the flag. I’m all for social injustice but find somewhere else to do it not in front of the great American flag.

  24. Is this about police brutality or racism?
    2019 stats
    370 white people killed by police
    235 black people killed by police

  25. Brees showing more introspection, self awareness, compassion,
    and openess to learn, grow and change, than the big man in charge.

    Well written Drew. That’s what real leadership looks like.

  26. Credit to Brees, that right there is how you get your team mates, and the larger publc back on side.

    Adrian Peterson was right about Drew Brees, he isn’t racist at all, he had some feelings about the flag and what it meant to him, and didn’t think through what he said properly, didn’t make him racist.

    It sounds as though as well as all the abuse he got, one or two of his team mates have spoken to him about what he said and what that actually means, he listened, apologised and taken back what he said.

    Again, credit to Drew, that’s how you turn things around.

  27. Ok if its not about the flag {That’s not what CK said} why do it then? If they do not display the flag and play the anthem when would they do it? If you want more people to join your protest and make them more involved do it when it doesn’t offend some people. Think about this, how many in the stands would kneel with you and support you more if you did it during the anthem. Now think about say, lining up for the kickoff the players on the field and the sidelines take a knee I bet you more people in the stands will bend the knee in support.

  28. As somebody who lived abroad and who is politically agnostic, I’ve hated this issue because I’ve always felt it brings out annoying political-correctness on both sides. For the Left- everything quickly escalates into being about race while the Right gets misty-eyed and whiney when they perceive that you disrespect ‘Merica’.

    Over the past week, I’ve learned how African Americans really do have a different American experience in terms of law enforcement- even extremely affluent African Americans. There is no escaping it. Isolated police brutality and militarization really is an issue for ALL races.

    Kaepernick may have been more right than we give him credit for. I researched it: The fact that he began kneeling for the anthem rather than sitting it out after consulting with Nate Boyer tells me that he really was trying to be sensitive to our veterans.

    Given all of the facts and recent events, I am trying to understand why people on the right are still miffed about this. At least with this issue, you guys are looking like a bunch of easily-offended snowflakes. Drew Brees changed his mind. Try to think objectively about this issue- you might too.

  29. Ok Im confused Kaepernicks original statement given to NFL media on Aug. 27 2016 stated “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”. That seems to me to be exactly about the flag.

  30. It doesn’t surprise me the number of down votes here. That is a large part of why we have a problem. A sheer lack of empathy. I am used to that.

    What impresses me about the bulk of the comments, including Bress’, is that people are listening, if even for today, whereas a whole bunch weren’t before. Personally, I think that shows the real character of America.

    Brees is listening, and he is learning. Maybe he gets it down the road, maybe he doesn’t. But he is a finer person for at least trying.

    Some people are always going to be part of the problem. It is in our nature to denigrate those who do not have as much as us, while ignoring in many any cases that someone is doing that to you too. But Brees gets my vote for just trying.

  31. Very refreshing to see Brees do the right thing and stand up to Trump. Nicely done Brees!

  32. If you believe a black man kneeling to peacefully protest racism dishonors veterans, but a President stealing $2.8 million in charity contributions for veterans doesn’t, then you need to stop pretending that this is about patriotism.

  33. I love sports…. I love the fairness and justice of it… when you go to the playground and call “next” you get to play.. if someone calls a foul you give them the ball… I love trash talking … The Jets players called Steve Tannen steak because he always got burned..Dick Barnett called Don Cheney of the Celtics Ray Charles because he couldn’t shoot…my favorite college football players were Archie Manning and OJ because they were the most exciting no race noticed… pro football talk was enjoyable because it Was irreverent an examplecalling Vince Young “Uncle RICO”” … the NFL didn’t let Trumpi buy a franchise because he was too shady And publicly mocked him when he won a $3 dollar antitrust lawsuit… fast forward .. the NFL is kissing his butt and going along with his racist views and the readership of this forum based on the rates on comments is fine with it … I call “NEXT “

  34. What?? Really not about the flag! Kaepernicks original statement given to NFL media on Aug. 27 2016 stated “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”. That seems to me to be exactly about the flag.

  35. If it is not about the flag, then why kneel during the National Anthem? Why not before or right after its done. If a person kneeling was not shown on TV who anyone care? Fake outrage and pandering to a cause is even worse than being against it.

  36. fbwangus8736 says:
    “..If it is not about the flag, then why kneel during the National Anthem? Why not before or right after its done. …”

    It got your attention, didn’t it?
    It wouldn’t be the same of they waited until a commercial break.

  37. I think you mean to say Drew Brees was forcibly guilted into thinking that his freedom and beliefs were evil and wrong cause it varied from the heard. I’m telling you I think we are living in a bad twilight zone episode. There was not a thing he said originally that was in anyway evil or bad yet he was hunted breathlessly by the pc mob and cancel culture. Good lord we are in trouble!

  38. objectivefbfan says:

    Some people are always going to be part of the problem. It is in our nature to denigrate those who do not have as much as us…
    ###

    Please tell me how many of “us” have “more” than Colin Kaepernick does?

    Kaepernick has a net worth estimated at $25,000,000.00. He has only “worked” for 6 years of his life and has been an unemployed football player since 2016. Yet he keeps getting checks from Nike for being an unemployed football player for some reason…

    Kaepernick has been denigrating most of America for years, it’s just that some people don’t want to accept the truth.

  39. Thank the Lord Brees, somebody, anybody who leans to the right has the balls to tell Trump where to get off. I have never witnessed a greater group of sycophants than the Republicans in the Republican-controlled Senate. Spineless and hypocritical, every dang one of them. .

  40. Well if Kap said it was about the flag, I guess we have to take him at his word. I could not care less if people kneel during the anthem. I don’t agree with it, and I will never kneel, but do what you want to do. Doesn’t mean I am racist, but the real fascist racists will say I am. Because it is their way, or the highway. Also, I am going to need proof that there is “systemic racism/oppression” of anyone in the modern USA. Is there racism? Sure! Systemic? No way. And anyone who peddles in that “white privilege” garbage is a complete idiot and deserves to be silenced.

  41. stonedwhitetrash says:
    “..Brees should have kept his mouth shut now he has angered both sides…”

    Part of the problem is that there ARE two sides.
    Nice screen name by the way.

  42. I’m so sick of the terms systemic oppression and systemic racism. Neither is true. The vast, vast majority of the American public condemns racism in all forms. Racists are ostracized and there is no “system“ of oppression that is allowed to exist. Come at me.

  43. scorpio says:
    June 6, 2020 at 7:14 am
    Ok Im confused Kaepernicks original statement given to NFL media on Aug. 27 2016 stated “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color”. That seems to me to be exactly about the flag.
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Well, it’s not. He didn’t use any wrong words in explaining his point, because actions speak louder than words. He was making a point about something else altogether and used the anthem opportunity to get your attention, and it worked. Three years later and you’re still talking about it.

    Trump supporters like to recommend everyone ignore his off-putting style and focus on the substance of what he’s really trying to accomplish.

    It works both ways.
    It’s kinda like this…….. Trump says he’s

  44. A couple of days ago he opens his mouth and steps on his tongue, and today he is lecturing the President of the United States of America. I smell a man who would say anything, whatever his immediate audience wants to hear. Brees deserves no respect. I’ll be cheering for the other team every time from now on. I acknowledge the grip blacks have is well founded, but I stand for the National Anthem too. I think you can have it both ways.

    Brees made a mistake and admitted it. Trump never makes mistakes ….and never apologizes when he does. Trump is a documented coward having dodged the draft and as a Vet who served in Vietnam will never forgive his cowardice. Brees is not a coward….and for all those jumping on Brees don’t forget the $5,000,0000 he donated to Covid devestated people of Nola. So step up big mouths and send some cash littlemen.

  45. Wasn’t that how all of this nonsense started. Brees said it WAS about that flag and what it meant to him. He sure had a future career as a politician with all of this waffling.

  46. bching4215 says:
    June 6, 2020 at 12:40 am
    Johnny Wishbone says:
    June 5, 2020 at 10:51 pm
    Lmfao. America 2020.

    Brees says something we don’t like: “He’s a racist!” “He is a clueless moron!” “Screw Drew Brees!”

    2 days later Brees says something we like: “Drew Brees is the man!” “Why can’t more of you be like Drew!”

    Give me a break with this stuff. What a clown show we have become

    It’s not a clown show when a person shows compassion and intellectual growth.
    The fact that YOU are uncomfortable about his growth is all about YOU. Like a lot of people who are afraid of change, YOU just don’t like it when some one now disagrees with you
    =================
    I support the kneeling you moron. So no, his change of position is not a ME problem. Your judgement, however, is definitely a YOU problem

  47. There is nothing more American than protesting. Many members of our military have died over the years did so to protect those freedoms. It is time to change the nature of who we are as a country, on so many fronts. I wish the protests were all peaceful, but they have been and nothing has changed. We all get angry when an injustice has come our way, we all want to be heard. When the needed changes don’t happen, again and again, things need to be so different from where they are. I hope change comes, these are important conversations to be had, hopefully things will change.

  48. Odd how Drew has no problem speaking up to our President but backed down and apologized because of words to NFL players speaking out at him. One day he is a goat now he get a game ball. Please!

  49. If the President was so devoted to the flag and what it stands for he had his chance in the mid 60s to show it by honoring his commitment to serve his country proudly and honorably like tens of thousands of other country loving Americans young men did.instead he went to dad who went to a doctor and suddenly he had bone spurs to keep him out of service to his country.Brees did the right thing with his appology.its never been about the flag,its about social injustice.

  50. stubborndata says:
    June 5, 2020 at 10:38 pm
    President would serve the country a lot better if he stopped antagonizing anyone and everyone on twitter for hours a day and instead did his actual job. Good on brees

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    Sad state of affairs when half the people disagree with this. I guess they prefer their “leader”to not actually lead.

  51. If it’s not about the flag, or the military, or the anthem, why is the kneeling done when the flag and anthem are played?

    If it is truly about the police, why not peacefully protest and rally at police stations across the country? I totally support that. I might even join that protest because it was outrageous what that MPS cop did.

  52. Brees is a sellout. Only apologizing so he doesn’t divide his own football team. Too late for that. Should Of stuck by your original statement.

  53. raideralex99 says:

    June 6, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Is this about police brutality or racism?
    2019 stats
    370 white people killed by police
    235 black people killed by police

    This is the problem with using numbers to support your opinion. You do understand what a minority means right? White people serve as the majority in this country, over 60 percent of the population in the US is white. African Americans come in at around 30 percent of the population.

    So by those numbers and with the population numbers being equal…

    2019
    Whites killed by police 370
    Blacks killed by police 470

    Does that change your opinion at all?

  54. Bree’s exposes many people who don’t know WHY the players knelt. They were told by conservative talk shows that Kaepernick “hated the troops and the flag”, and that’s all they believe. Never mind that it was a protest against police brutality or the fact that it was an American GREEN BERET soldier who told Kaepernick to kneel. Nah, conservatives only think that it was about the flag. Seriously, this is why we have the protests again this year. You and Trump STLL don’t get it.

  55. wereallmatter says:
    June 6, 2020 at 12:52 pm
    raideralex99 says:

    June 6, 2020 at 2:51 am

    Is this about police brutality or racism?
    2019 stats
    370 white people killed by police
    235 black people killed by police

    This is the problem with using numbers to support your opinion. You do understand what a minority means right? White people serve as the majority in this country, over 60 percent of the population in the US is white. African Americans come in at around 30 percent of the population.

    So by those numbers and with the population numbers being equal…

    2019
    Whites killed by police 370
    Blacks killed by police 470

    Does that change your opinion at all
    —————————

    2+2 doesn’t equal 5 No matter how hard you try to spin it. Great attempt, poor execution.

  56. When Asians were being targeted for the Covid and discriminated…where were their defense against Asian Americans in the United States?

  57. It still comes back to thought policing. How dare you not agree with my protest!!! Not agreeing with protesting during the national doesn’t make someone racist. Pathetic we even have to have that conversation.

  58. You have to be incredibly stupid, a sheep, a group-thinker (all the things that got the German citizenry in trouble in the 1920’s/1930’s) TO THINK the Kaepernick protest WAS NOT about the flag.
    If you protest – about whatever – during someone’s baby shower, you’ve made the protest about the baby shower. If you protest (doesn’t matter what you’re protesting) during the national anthem you’ve made it about the anthem and the flag.
    It’s not a difficult concept to understand.
    I get it…people are being bullied, being shamed, to think like a mob, much like the national socialists forced the Germany citizenry to do…but it doesn’t make it right…because it’s not.
    Wake up America…you’re being conned.

  59. tahnoonzee says:
    June 6, 2020 at 6:02 pm
    When Asians were being targeted for the Covid and discriminated…where were their defense against Asian Americans in the United States?
    _______________________________________________________
    I’m not sure that’s an accurate statement…as a fellow Asian-American I don’t believe we were being discriminated against (maybe you’re just trying to troll)…but China was being targeted, and perhaps rightfully so.
    But your point is well taken…I’m afraid (not in a literal sense) if I walked around with an Asian Lives Matter sign I’d be targeted……because right now we’re all be led to think that the only lives that matter are black lives.
    Black (insert any race, ethnic group) Lives Matter in the irony of ironies is the most racist commentary going……if we want to move away from labeling everything by race…how about lets start with ALL LIVES MATTER.

  60. Hey Brees, wonder what your grandfathers think about what you’re doing?

    Sellout. Louisiana is done with you bro. Deuces.

    Signed, lifelong Saints fan.

  61. Kneeling during the anthem is, in fact, stating that you have a problem with the flag, the anthem, and the whole dang country. It’s extending the middle finger to America and all it’s unwoke, proud citizens.

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