One of the NFL’s most beloved players, a man of faith and a friend to the community, was dragged by the entire sports world for insensitive comments he made, which downplayed the protests and the pain of people mourning George Floyd and the many other Black men in order to reopen an old argument about Kaepernick disrespecting the flag by peacefully kneeling.
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
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It wasn’t the time or the place for Brees to double down on an issue that only exists in the mind of certain Americans.
That’s when the shots started flying. One came from his star wide receiver Michael Thomas.
LeBron James was offended as well.
WOW MAN!! 🤦🏾♂️. Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of 🇺🇸 and our soldiers(men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those https://t.co/pvUWPmh4s8
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020
His teammate Malcolm Jenkins, a public activist who was prominent in the $89 million deal brokered between the NFL owners and the Players Coalition to address pertinent issues in the African-American community wasn’t kind to Brees.
At least Drew apologized, but not until the gravity of the moment and his mishap smacked him in the face like a Jadeveon Clowney sack.
For now, that will have to do until he can start rebuilding or building a relationship with a Black community, full of military men and women and state and government workers and police. It won’t be as easy as he thinks because as you might have noticed, the national climate is intensified and people of all colors are fed up with the bs (Fill in whatever BS means to you)
That’s why there are massive peaceful protests all over the country and internationally. That’s also why Brees’ apology isn’t worth much to some folks. Even if we do give him another pass — for the last damn time.
Pssst @drewbrees ,
— ADifferentLenz (@DifferentLenz) June 4, 2020