Here’s How Athletes Reacted To Drew Brees’ Statement On The Flag

Darren - June 4, 2020

Here’s How Athletes Reacted To Drew Brees’ Statement On The Flag

Darren - June 4, 2020
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6. Daniel Cormier

UFC fighter Cormier is also a Louisiana native. As such, the Saints and the state are close to his heart. However, the timing and nature of Brees’ comments at such a sensitive moment left him stunned. To sum up, Cormier doesn’t understand what Brees was trying to achieve at such a polarizing time.

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Cormier is very active on social media because of his fight career and works with ESPN. A supporter of the Saints and Brees, Cormier was very disappointed by the quarterback’s words. DC tweeted: “For a man that doesn’t make many mistakes, this is a big one. So disappointing.”

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5. Joe Horn

As we’ve already said, not everyone is criticizing Brees. Former Saints wide receiver Horn defended his old teammate because he believes in Brees’ personal character. In short, he thinks that Brees’s actions off the field truly reflect his character. To those calling Brees a racist, he had a strongly-worded message.

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Horn said: “People should not be throwing Drew Brees under the bus, and they definitely need to pump the brakes on labeling him a racist.  I know Drew Brees. Drew Brees has done a lot to help black families and the black community in New Orleans.”

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4. Richard Sherman

San Francisco 49ers corner Sherman became incredibly impassioned by Brees’ statements. The Super Bowl winner reflected on how people treat him in public as well as commenting on how people like Brees are a lost cause. Whether or not you agree, you have to respect his self-belief.

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Sherman tweeted: “He’s beyond lost. Guarantee you there were black men fighting alongside your grandfather but this doesn’t seem to be about that. That uncomfortable conversation you are trying to avoid by injecting military into a conversation about brutality and equality is part of the problem.”

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3. LeBron James

Ever the social activist, NBA star James is one of the most high-profile black athletes to target Brees for his comments. He explained that his father-in-law supports taking a knee despite being a veteran. In short, he believes that the Saints legend is missing the point and sending a dangerous message.

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James tweeted: “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 absolutely nothing to do with the disrespect of [flag emoji] and our soldiers(men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those.”

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3. Charvarius Ward

Outraged by Brees’ words, Super Bowl winner Ward made his feelings known. The Kansas City Chiefs’ corner only had three years in high school during a very tough childhood. As a result, he knows all about what it means to suffer and endure hardship. Because of this, he felt like he had to speak out.

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His online message was defiant. Ward tweeted: “We just want that “Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Happiness” we were promised!! So if we continue to get killed for being black… we gone keep kneeling & keep fighting!!” Don’t expect a warm welcome for Brees in Kansas City.

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2. Michael Thomas

As a wide receiver for the Saints, Thomas has one of the closest on-field relationships with Brees. However, off the field, things have turned very cold because the LA native is disgusted by his teammate’s reaction. To sum up, he appears dismissive of Brees’ knowledge.

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In a tweet, he wrote: “We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that. He don’t know no better.” It’s clear that Thomas believes that ignorance should automatically cause your opinion to be discounted. Thomas later accepted Brees’ apology that came a day later after his infamous interview. We still don’t know if their locker room is going to be a very pleasant place.

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1. Malcolm Jenkins

New Orleans Saints safety Jenkins had one of the most emotional responses to Brees’ words. He said that his teammate doesn’t understand his privilege. Also, he believes that Brees should not expect everybody to support his perspective because black Americans have suffered for centuries, including those who have served.

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“Our communities are under siege and we need help,” Jenkins said. “And what you’re telling us is don’t ask for help that way, ask for it a different way. I can’t listen to it when you ask that way. We’re done asking, Drew. And people who share your sentiments, who express those, and push them throughout the world, the airwaves, are the problem.”

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Drew Brees Apologises

Finally, let’s take a look at Brees’ apology. After receiving a lot of flak on social media, he decided to take to Twitter and Instagram and express his regrets. His teammate Demario Davis praised him for showing leadership, however, others say he hasn’t actually dealt with his comments on taking a knee. Check out the full post and his original statement.

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He ended the post with the words: “I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. 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. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.”