Drew Brees’ feedback about kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem and disrespecting the flag of the US triggered outrage throughout the nation in June.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback later retracted these feedback, stating he stands with the Black neighborhood and can higher educate himself on the subjects of racial injustice and police brutality.
On Saturday, Brees said the response to his authentic feedback “broke my coronary heart,” in accordance with ESPN’s Mike Triplett, and mentioned he’ll at all times respect anybody’s resolution to kneel throughout the nationwide anthem. Nonetheless, Brees additionally talked about that he’ll stay standing throughout the nationwide anthem as soon as NFL video games start this season.
“I’ll at all times help and advocate for the Black and Brown communities within the struggle for social justice. All the time. … I am the identical individual now that I’ve at all times been. I am somebody who cares deeply for folks in my neighborhood, New Orleans, the state of Louisiana, folks in all places. I am somebody who will at all times handle the inequities and the disparities that exist. I am somebody who has nice empathy for many who are hurting, struggling or victims of injustice. And I am somebody who feels a terrific sense of duty to serve and to steer and to carry true equality to everybody.”
Brees’ authentic feedback have been met with confusion and anger from his teammates. Broad receiver Michael Thomas did not appear too proud of Brees’ feedback. Nonetheless, all of his teammates have accepted his honest apology because the incident occurred.
To point out his dedication to minorities, Brees and his spouse pledged $5 million devoted to offering well being care in underserved communities.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started kneeling throughout the nationwide anthem to protest racial inequality in 2016, and many individuals took it out of context, considering he was disrespecting the navy and the flag of the US.
As Kaepernick’s motion swept the NFL by storm, leading to many gamers taking a knee, he was ultimately ousted by the league that very same yr as nobody wished to signal him for the 2017 marketing campaign. Though he is much more gifted than many quarterbacks at the moment below contract within the NFL, the 32-year-old hasn’t been in a position to land a gig regardless of not too long ago holding a exercise.