NFL Great Takes Criticism for Stance on Kneeling

NFL Great Takes Criticism for Stance on Kneeling

( – On Thursday, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took a lot of heat for saying he believed all NFL players should stand for the national anthem. Prominent athletes like Lebron James and Aaron Rodgers — as well as some of Brees’ teammates — confused what he said about kneeling with protests over the police murder of George Floyd last week in Minneapolis. Brees said he would “never agree” with people disrespecting the flag or the country.

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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

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On Thursday, Brees apologized on Instagram to all of those he hurt. He said he stands with the black community in their fight against racism, racial injustice, and police brutality. Bree concluded his post by apologizing and asking for forgiveness.

Former Saints wide receiver Joe Horn said Brees has been actively involved in the black community in New Orleans and has helped a lot of black families. Horn further said people who criticized Brees didn’t know him and that he deserved a chance to make things right. In Brees’ Instagram post, many people of all races commented about their support for his character.

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