After New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologized for his comments on players showing disrespect to America by kneeling during the National Anthem, Donald Trump voiced his opinion on the controversial statements.
On Friday, the president tweeted, “I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high.”
“We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart,” Trump continued. “There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!”
On June 3, Brees was asked how he felt about NFL players kneeling again this season to show their displeasure for police brutality and racism in America. His response, however, came off to many, including his fellow teammates, as tone-deaf and insensitive.
Brees said: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States.”
“I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during world war two, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about.”
Brees followed up by posting a lengthy personal message on Instagram, as well
Brees Received Intense Blacklash From NFL Athletes Following His Controversial Comments
It wasn’t just Brees’ fellow teammates speaking out against the quarterback publicly. While Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins told his quarterback to “shut the f*** up” and “understand your privilege,” Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs, Cleveland Browns WR Jarvis Landry, and San Francisco 49ers DB Richard Sherman also shared their strong opinions.
Brees Posted an Apology Video on June 4
Following the intense backlash, which included a large New Orleans protest which had gathered in the name of George Floyd shouting “f*** Drew Brees,” the veteran quarterback issued an apology.
Brees shared a video on Instagram and captioned the post, “Step-by-step you will see my heart for exactly what it is and the way everyone around me sees it. I’m sorry it has taken this long to act and to participate in a meaningful way but I am your ally in this fight.”