In the United States, different people have their own feelings towards the American flag and the national anthem.
Drew Brees, rather surprisingly considering current events, chose to express his strong stance that the flag should never be disrespected after being asked about the NFL’s response to racial injustice by Yahoo Sports’ Daniel Roberts.
It certainly angered many of his peers in the NFL and professional sports in general.
Athletes like LeBron James, Devin and Jason McCourty and teammate Michael Thomas expressed their disappointment in the New Orleans quarterback for his comments about Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling protests against police brutality in 2016.
Fellow Saint Malcolm Jenkins, who played with Brees from 2009 to 2012 and joined the organization again this offseason, was so irate on Wednesday, he had to delete his first public statement on Instagram.
There was some profanity in the first video, with Jenkins calling Brees “extremely self-centered,” “part of the problem,” and essentially, oblivious or apathetic to the imposed challenges his fellow black teammates have faced.
Jenkins became emotional, most notably when the safety says he considered Brees a friend who he respected and looked up to.
Brees had expressed his perspective was from that of two World War II veterans. Jenkins, as relayed in his now-deleted video, couldn’t believe his quarterback could be so insensitive and tone-deaf.
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As I was trying to muster up the energy and find the words to address Drew Brees’s comments I recorded this video. Before I could post it, Drew reached out to me to discuss his point of view. All in all, I’m still posting this video because it’s important for anyone who wants to consider themself an ally to know how these words and actions affect those who you want to help. Drew’s words during his interview were extremely painful to hear and I hope he rectifies them with real action.