Malcolm Jenkins: Saints are closer after conversations with Drew Brees

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When Saints quarterback Drew Brees responded to a question about players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem by saying he was against disrespecting the American flag, his teammate Malcolm Jenkins was critical of Brees for misrepresenting what players were protesting with that action.

Brees heard from plenty of other teammates about the issue and apologized in a team meeting as well as in a message posted to social media. He went on to say that he knows that the protests were not an issue about the flag after being criticized by President Trump for apologizing.

Jenkins said that the conversations that took place around that time were what was needed around the United States of America and he reiterated that point on a video conference with reporters on Thursday. Jenkins also thinks that they helped bond the Saints together as a team.

“Yeah, I think if anything, the team was probably closer for it because we’ve had to have tough conversations and oftentimes, those adversities or those intimate kind of engagements, bring people closer, and I think this is no exception,” Jenkins said.

It remains to be seen how a closer Saints team will fare during the regular season, but it does sound like something productive came out of their conversations during the offseason program.

8 responses to “Malcolm Jenkins: Saints are closer after conversations with Drew Brees

  1. Just so Drew still stands at attention (if he so chooses) during the pledge and the kneelers respect his beliefs and vice versa. IF any team member is forced to do anything against thier beliefs, then the team will experience chaos.

  2. It wasn’t comfortable, but the conversations had and the reconciliation is something that is great for the Saints and something exemplary for the country because enough of the conversation was public. I applaud these guys for being good people and standing up for their fellow citizens, and being able to listen and really take in what the other guy is saying.

  3. Shut up! Just shut up!

    Had Jenkins not run his mouth and cried those fake tears in the first place, Drew Brees’s legacy wouldn’t be permanently tarnished.

  4. xlivsaints- Drew’s legacy is not permanently tarnished. He handled all of this with class and has come out of it a more knowledged, better man

  5. It’s fine if you want to use your anthem time to kneel, but it doesn’t mean you now get to redefine the purpose of the anthem and what it means for others.

  6. Yeah @bobbydouglass, we wouldn’t even be talking about this crap if other people are still trying to “redefine the purpose of the anthem and what it means for others.”
    If Kapaernick was just on the sideline doing his thing all of this never would have kicked off. Other players, other teams, the president…none of this would have happened if people had just let Kapaernick kneel.

    Now look where we are.
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    bobbydouglass says:
    August 20, 2020 at 4:54 pm
    It’s fine if you want to use your anthem time to kneel, but it doesn’t mean you now get to redefine the purpose of the anthem and what it means for others.

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