Drew Brees Slammed By Athletes For Comments On 'Disrespecting' Flag

Drew Brees Slammed By Athletes For Comments On 'Disrespecting' Flag
Gary Connaughton
By Gary Connaughton
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As protests continue to grip the United States in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, many have used this time to reflect on the struggles of African American people up to this point in the country's history.

For as long as the United States has existed, the African American community have struggled to attain equal rights in the country. Protests trying to achieve this status have come in many forms over the years, all of which seem to be condemned by a certain segment of American society.

While some point out that the current protests, which have turned violent in some cases, are not the way to go about things, others have rightly responded that more subtle stances have equally been rejected.

Colin Kaepernick famously decided to 'take a knee' during the playing of the American national anthem during his time in the NFL as a protest to police brutality towards the African American community and was slammed by many for 'disrespecting the flag'. He ultimately has been shunned by the NFL as a result.

Many are now looking back on Kaerpenick's protest, with the issue at the heart of his efforts rearing its head once more.

Speaking to Yahoo, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees was asked about his opinion on Kaepernick's protest in light of recent events, but he was steadfast in saying he could never accept anybody disrespecting the American flag in such a manner.

I will never agree with somebody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America...

Is everything right with out country now? No it's not, we still have a long way to go.

But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better, and that we are all part of the solution.

While he did admit America had problems, Brees seemingly failed to acknowledge the the cause behind Kaepernick's protest.  As many would tell you, it was never about disrespecting the American flag.


A number of high profile figures, including LeBron James and Brees' teammate Michael Thomas, have come out to question the rationale behind Brees' comments.


The most impassioned response came from Brees' New Orleans Saints teammate Malcolm Jenkins.

Jenkins, who played with the Saints from 2009-2013 and then rejoined the team earlier this year, posted an emotional video on his Twitter account, seemingly in disbelief about the comments his quarterback had made.

Drew Brees, if you don't understand how hurtful and insensitive your comments are, you are part of the problem.

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. It shows that you don't know history.

When our grandfathers fought for this country and served, they didn't come back to a heroes welcome. They came back and got attacked for wearing their uniforms, they came back to racism, to complete violence.

Here we are in 2020 with the whole country on fire, everyone witnessing a black man being murdered at the hands of police in cold blood, and the first thing that you do is criticise one's peaceful protest.

Brees would later publish an apology on his Instagram page, saying his comments lacked awareness and compassion.

SEE ALSO: Michael Jordan Angered By 'Ingrained Racism' Of United States

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