NFL QB Drew Brees: 'I Will Never Agree With Anybody Disrespecting The Flag'

Written by on June 3, 2020

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is not going to be comfortable if gamers take a knee in protest through the 2020 season. Brees advised Yahoo! Finance he seen the gesture as disrespectful to the flag, which is one thing he “won’t ever agree with.”

Brees, 41, additionally in contrast the sacrifices of these within the navy to the sacrifices made by those that fought for civil rights.

Brees’ full reply:

“I’ll by no means agree with anyone disrespecting the flag of the USA of America or our nation. Let me simply inform what I see or what I really feel when the nationwide anthem is performed and after I have a look at the flag of the USA.

“I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this nation throughout World Warfare II, one within the Military and one within the Marine Corp. Each risking their lives to guard our nation and to attempt to make our nation and this world a greater place.

“So each time I stand with my hand over my coronary heart taking a look at that flag and singing the nationwide anthem, that’s what I take into consideration. And in lots of circumstances, that brings me to tears, interested by all that has been sacrificed. Not simply these within the navy, however for that matter, these all through the civil rights actions of the ’60s, and all that has been endured by so many individuals up till this level. And is every part proper with our nation proper now? No, it’s not.

“We nonetheless have an extended approach to go. However I believe what you do by standing there and displaying respect to the flag together with your hand over your coronary heart, is it reveals unity. It reveals that we’re all on this collectively, we are able to all do higher and that we’re all a part of the answer.”

Brees’ feedback about “disrespecting the flag” come days after Los Angeles Chargers coach Anthony Lynn defined how Colin Kaepernick’s protest was misunderstood. In a wide-ranging interview with LZ Granderson of the Los Angeles Instances, Lynn defined Kaepernick was protesting legal justice reform and police brutality, not the flag.

“Folks fully misunderstood Colin and what he was attempting to do,” Lynn stated. “Folks talked about disrespecting the flag . . . the flag covers loads — patriotism and civil rights and different issues. And Colin was talking out in opposition to the injustice and lots of people didn’t catch on to that as a result of it was occurring through the nationwide anthem. They thought it was disrespectful to the flag.”

He continued:

“I used to be shocked by the quantity of people that didn’t know why he was protesting. I bought letters from individuals. I had individuals stroll as much as me and ask, ‘Coach, what are you going to do if somebody in your group protests?’ And I needed to clarify to them that Colin is taking a knee for legal justice [reform] and police brutality and when you broke it down, they have been like, “Oh, we didn’t know that. We thought he was protesting the flag.” And that was the case for lots of people I got here throughout.”

Kaepernick was impressed to take a knee through the nationwide anthem after talking to Nate Boyer, a retired Military Inexperienced Beret.

The dying of George Floyd, and the protests surrounding his dying, has sparked dialog over whether or not extra NFL gamers will take a knee in 2020. Quite a few NFL gamers have spoken out following Floyd’s dying, together with Joe Burrow, D.Okay. Metcalf, Richard Sherman and Carson Wentz.

Floyd died in police custody after Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was seen on video forcing his knee into Floyd’s neck for 9 minutes. Floyd repeatedly stated he couldn’t breathe all through the video. Bystanders urged Chauvin to help Floyd.

Saints receiver Michael Thomas appeared to reply to Brees’ feedback Wednesday.

On Tuesday, a Blackout Tuesday hashtag circulated encouraging individuals to take a break from social media to replicate on racism. Quite a few athletes, celebrities, corporations and sports activities groups took half within the motion, together with Brees.

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