Drew Brees is the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints. He’s also an absolute moron, which I only just learned because I barely follow the NFL. Around the George Floyd/Black Lives Matter protests, there’s been a lot of conversation about how Colin Kaepernick was run out of the NFL simply because he was peacefully protesting police brutality and the murders of black people at the hands of the police. Kap’s protest was simply to kneel during the National Anthem and people lost their friggin’ minds about it. Magically, those same people are looking at the protesters in the current newscycle and screaming that *those* protesters should be more peaceful. But the anthem! But the troops! Anyway, as it turns out, Drew Brees still doesn’t think Kap’s protest was good or right or important. This is what he said:
Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts."@drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
Full exchange: pic.twitter.com/MpCkFyOMed
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) June 3, 2020
The quote Yahoo used in that tweet is a big one, but if you watch the video, Brees actually makes the argument that when he hears the National Anthem, he thinks “about all that has been sacrificed, not just by those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the Civil Rights movement in the ‘60s…” Yes, white people love to sanitize and revise the Civil Rights movement of the ‘60s. They want to believe that the Reverend Doctor Martin Luther King Jr. was simply a beloved, sanitized figure who would never, ever do anything radical like protest police brutality or white supremacy, right? The fact that Brees is trying to say his bullsh-t has anything to do with the respect he has for civil rights… well, f–k this bro.
Professional athletes were calling out Brees right and left. I loved what LeBron James had to say:
men who fought as well for this country. I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitement. He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong! God bless you. 🙏🏾✊🏾👑
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020
Packers QB Aaron Rodgers also had some things to say:
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A few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game. It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action. #wakeupamerica #itstimeforchange #loveoverfear❤️ #solidarity #libertyandjusticeforall #all
Update: Here’s Brees’ apology. I remain unmoved.
Drew Brees issued an apology for his comments Wednesday.
"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." pic.twitter.com/erYkahZ0Dp
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 4, 2020
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