NFL quarterback Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints caved to the demands of the far-left outrage mob, issuing a formal apology for his comment that he “would never agree with anybody disrespecting” the US flag.
During an interview published this Wednesday on Yahoo Finance, Brees was asked to respond to the possibility that many NFL players will take a knee during the National Anthem in the upcoming season to emulate former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s controversial attempt to protest police brutality.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” said Brees. “Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the National Anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps, both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.”
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Brees continued, “So every time I stand with my hand over my heart, looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, it brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the 60s and everyone and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.”
Brees went on to urge Americans to work together to find a solution to the ongoing national crisis sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody.
“I try to live my life by two basic Christian fundamentals. That is love the Lord with all your heart, mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. And I think that we accomplish greater things as a community, as a society and as a country when we do it together. And I think that we are all equipped with great talents, abilities and strengths and we can use that with each other and for each other. I think we can accomplish some amazing things.”
“And obviously, these are trying times during our country, certainly coming out of this COVID crisis and then entering into another crisis or really these two compounding with each other. I think we all recognize the changes that need to take place and I do think it’s about action versus just, you know, everybody is going to social media and kind of saying their piece. Obviously, there are riots and there are protests and people are certainly out there showing their frustration as well. But I think at the end of the day, we need to find ways to work together to provide opportunities for one another, to continue to move our country forward to a bigger and better place.”
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Predictably, Brees was immediately attacked by far-left activists like LeBron James for publicly stating what millions of Americans believe. The quarterback, who donated $5 million dollars to coronavirus-related efforts in Louisiana (the state with the second-highest black population) was accused of being a racist for loving his country.
Brees issued a long apology on Instagram where he asked to be forgiven for his dissenting opinion in order to avoid being “canceled” by leftist mainstream media.
“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,” he wrote in a lengthy post. “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,” Brees 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.”
WATCH Brees’ Yahoo Finance video interview here: