It took about 72 hours for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees to transform from a flag-waving patriot to a woke disciple of Colin Kaepernick.
Brees drew national outrage among the Mainstream Media and the Black Lives Matter crowd after he told a reporter that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting” the country or its flag.
He later apologized for what he called his “insensitive” remarks about honoring the U.S. military and Old Glory.
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Brees said his comments “completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”
“They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character,” he said.
In response, President Trump admonished the popular NFL quarterback for taking back his original comments.
“We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!” he wrote on Twitter.
Brees responded with an Instagram message addressed to President Trump.
“I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities,” Brees said.
He said the nation must “stop talking about the flag” and address systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial and prison reform.
“We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities. We must acknowledge the problems, identify the solutions, and then put this into action. The black community cannot do it alone. This will require all of us,” Brees wrote.
Originally I gave Brees the benefit of the doubt. It’s difficult to face a political lynch mob. I know that more than anyone. But his most recent comments were nothing more than an exercise in cowardice.
So don’t be surprised if you see Drew Brees taking a knee during the national anthem.