In an interview ostensibly about business franchising, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the New Orleans Saints said, "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country".
"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", Brees wrote.
What has been the response?In the video, Jenkins said he was "hurt" by Brees' words and that they were "extremely self-centered". People say, 'Oh, we need to have honest conversations.
"When the world tells you that you're not worthy, that your life doesn't matter, the last place you want to hear it from are the guys that you go to war with and the guys you consider to be your allies and your friends", Jenkins said. "For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness". We're done asking, Drew. He added, "People who share your sentiments, who express those and push them throughout the world, the airwaves-are the problem".
He concluded, "I$3 t's unfortunate because I considered you a friend". "Look (I'm) happy they're saying something. but when they had a chance to make a big play for their black teammates and colleagues most of em remained silent, showed ignorance or didn't say anything of importance when it was really needed".
To think that because your grandfathers serves for this country and you have a great respect for the flag, that everybody else should have the same ideals and thoughts you do is ridiculous. "But sometimes, you should shut the fuck up".
Jenkins wasn't the only major athlete displeased with Brees' remarks.
He went on to address the current civil unrest in the US following the death of George Floyd.
King James went to Twitter Wednesday and didn't hold back.
At this point, her take isn't all that surprising even if it is disappointing.
"You literally still don't understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee??"
Those sentiments left you to wonder how Brees can possibly recover from this when he's lost some of the most important people inside his own locker room, when the success of every National Football League team is weighted so heavily on the brotherhood of the men who occupy that room and fight for each other?
He continued, "I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitement [sic]". Sharpe said, "I will never respect the man".
It is a testament to how flawlessly Drew Brees has operated on and off the field since arriving in New Orleans 14 years ago that when he does screw up, the blunders are magnified. However, Thomas and a few other teammates have since publicly forgiven Brees.
Brees apologized Thursday for his comments classifying kneeling during the national anthem as "disrespecting the flag". "That includes all those who marched for women's suffrage in the 1920s and all those who marched in the civil rights movements and continue to march for racial equality".
All less important, apparently, than Brees's disagreement with anthem or flag protests. I was surprised by the number of people who didn't know why he was protesting.