It is evident that nobody sees things from Drew Brees‘ point of view regarding the issue of kneeling for the National Anthem. There’s totally nothing wrong with expressing your respect to your country.
Famous people all over the country have shown their regard towards the flag by kneeling during the anthem, and it’s not all for show. In this article, we’re going to see the results of Drew Brees’ crass comment. And the reaction from the people of New Orleans.
“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,” he said.
He continued: “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.” Those were the words of Drew Brees apologizing for his crass comment about kneeling during the national anthem.
Kneeling for the National Anthem has been a thing of debate for a very long time now. However, the discussion became even fiercer when Colin Kaepernick knelt to protest against police brutality, social injustice, and racial inequality in 2016.
Four years after that, the whole world was shaken by the story of George Floyd, who was murdered by a police officer. Although Derek Chauvin, the police who killed Floyd, has been fired and is currently facing the panel on counts of second-degree murder, protests are still going on in that regard.
Brees stated in an interview with Yahoo Finance that he’d stand with his teammates in the fight for racial equality but will not kneel down during the National Anthem, claiming that it is disrespectful to the flag. A comment to which LeBron James responded in a Tweet saying that kneeling during the National Anthem doesn’t have anything to do with disrespect to the flag.
Other prominent names in New Orleans, such as Malcolm Jenkins, also expressed his disgust for the comment saying that it is unfortunate that Brees is a friend and that his statement was entirely self-centered.
Other of Brees’ teammates also shared their views on the matter, cautioning him for his crass and unthoughtful comments about the national anthem and the flag, urging him to rescind the remark and apologize. The 41-year-old basketball star has apologized for his comments and hopes the citizens of New Orleans, and America can forgive his self-centered statements.