The media always wants a word from the quarterback as he is the leader of a team. At least thats the perception. Well in Drew Brees instance it would have been better to have stayed no comment on the subject of protests during the national anthem.
Colin Kaepernick’s initial protesting of police brutality against black people and people of color resonated through out the NFL.
Those that opposed it showed their racial indifference by throwing out the comment “disrespecting the flag” to minimize and trivialize why those players were kneeling. It was the cloak of bigotry to be frank. Anyone that knew anything about why Kaepernick was kneeling understood it was suggested by Nate Boyer. A retired Army Green Beret who thought it a respectful gesture as opposed to sitting on the sideline during the national anthem.
National media outlets have had Boyer on television countless times covering it. Yet here we are with Kaepernick still black balled from the NFL while many pedestrian white QBs still have clipboards without having made a Super Bowl or even a playoff game.
With the world rocked by the senseless murder of George Floyd in the worse scene of police brutality yet, this was the worst time to come out opposing further protests. The entire world is in an uproar as demonstrations have been in major cities all across the US and severl in Europe.
To say he wouldn’t be okay with protesting racial injustice and police brutality if it meant disrespecting the flag was the dog whistle of the prejudiced racially insensitive people on the right. He threw a grenade in his own locker room and raised the ire of black players everywhere.
When his own record setting wide receiver Michael Thomas responded to Brees comments on twitter:
Isn’t this another of the main voices in that locker room? Well the Saints have a lot of black players in that locker room and this is indicative of how a lot of his teammates will feel about this.
Then I heard someone make a comment that Drew Brees has political aspirations and those beyond football. Oh really? So then is he pandering to his future political base with this gesture?
Keep in mind his mother, Mina Brees was running for office and he wouldn’t endorse her. He had his agent threaten legal action if she used a picture of her own son in her campaign again.
Now when someone doesn’t get along with their own momma….
She was running as a Democrat. So again I ask what base is he catering to??
As I’m writing this Brees has issued an apology to how his comment sparked such a negative response. He’s only apologizing because of the response not that he had a change of heart. We can see through that and we won’t forget.
Don’t forget how Brees made disparaging comments toward retired players in 2011 when players were signing the collective bargaining agreement. The issue was dealing with retired players and raising their pension when Brees offered this:
“There’s some guys out there that have made bad business decisions. They took their pensions early because they never went out and got a job. They’ve had a couple divorces and they’re making payments to this place and that place. And that’s why they don’t have money. And they’re coming to us to basically say, ‘Please make up for my bad judgment.’”
All those players and their families who have suffered indignity in the face of the farce the concussion settlement later became never forgot that. Those of us close to the retired players community never forgot that. His words helped further the culture the NFL has treated retired players with.
So if you’re keeping score at home this isn’t looking good and he had to issue an apology. Hall of Fame Safety Ed Reed called “Brees a sucka” in a tweet that has since been deleted, for how out of touch Brees was to the anthem protests.
Well he was out of touch with the retired players community, a Hall of Fame player, his #1 receiver with the Saints in Michael Thomas, and his own mother professionally. Is it crazy to assume he is out of touch with the black players in the NFL as well??
Its hard to win a Super Bowl with a fractured locker room. Maybe its karma the Minneapolis Miracle and non pass interference call in the 2018 NFC Championship went against him.
Might be time to retire before the wrong linebacker has a chance to take a shot at Brees.
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