Drew Brees has likely drawn the ire of many in the African-American community and those who a supporting the Black Lives Matter movement with his recent statements made during an appearance on Yahoo! Finance with Daniel Roberts.
The New Orleans Saints QB and future Hall-of-Famer was asked how he felt about NFL players kneeling again this season to show their displeasure for police brutality in the United States, and the overall institutional racism in the country. Brees’ response has come off as tone-deaf, insensitive, and misplaced to some.
Here’s the exchange:
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick was the first to kneel during the National Anthem as a show of protest toward police brutality, and it is widely believed he has been blackballed from the league by NFL owners for his actions.
Many other NFL players followed Kaepernick’s lead, and in light of what has been happening in recent days, Roberts is correct, it is a safe bet, we’ll see similar protests in the league in 2020–assuming the season begins on time.
The entire country and the world, to an extent, has been in an uproar since George Floyd, an African-American man, was murdered by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin while three other officers sat by or stood guard. Chauvin kneeled on the back of Floyd’s neck essentially pressing the life out of him and causing the latter to go into cardiac arrest and death.
Protests have broken out all over the country, and many have turned violent. In the current environment, tensions are high and statements like the one Brees made can potentially stoke a fire that is already raging out of control. There are comments in the post suggest there is irritation, and the backlash has come from the everyman as well as celebrities such as rappers Isaiah Rashad aka Sunny, and Snoop Dogg.
Even Brees’ teammates have seemingly been bothered by Brees’ comments.
Drew Brees Has Shown Some Support for the Black Lives Matter Movement
Brees has never presented himself as a racist or even insensitive. In fact, he participated in the BlackoutTuesday initiative on June 2 where millions uploaded a black screen to their social media accounts.
He also followed up his appearance on the Yahoo! Finance show to reiterate his desire for unity.
While Brees’ intentions may not have been dastardly, it’s fair to wonder if his statement was a wise one considering the high probability that it would be seen as dismissive and insensitive to those who are rightfully angry and in pain.