Drew Brees is Sorry He Got Caught

What a time we are living in. We’ve got coronavirus (kind of) and now, more importantly, we have people around the country protesting racial injustice.

A lot has been said over the past few days. Whether it has been through interviews or social media posts, most celebrities and athletes have come to the defense of the black lives matter campaign, showing their support for the black community.

With all these celebrities being asked to speak out, I figured there’d be at least one or two people who would say the wrong thing or manage to get themselves canceled. Drew Brees, however, was one of the last people I expected to get dragged. But he did. Yes he did.

You’re all probably wondering how this temporary Drew Brees cancelation happened. Well, it was all thanks to an interview with Yahoo Finance, which, first of all, what the hell is an NFL quarterback doing talking to Yahoo Finance? As far as I know, the only sports guy who should be talking finance is Davey Day Trader.

Anyways, Drew Brees was asked about how he would react if NFL players continued to kneel. His response:

Drew said his comments, and at the time, I don’t think he thought anything of it. I don’t think the Yahoo Finance interviewer thought anything of it either. But all of the sudden, the clip from the interview blew up, and people around the world (aka Twitter) were outraged.

Other NFL players were especially pissed with Drew’s comments, as they had every right to be. Mike Thomas was one of the first to speak out about his teammate, saying, “He don’t know no better” and “we don’t care if you don’t agree.” Mr. Can’t Guard Mike was pissed. As was Malcolm Jenkins, who released a short video, criticizing Drew Brees for not knowing his history and being a part of the problem.

As a result of the backlash, Drew’s publicist wrote him a nice apology letter and he posted it on his Instagram, using the generic white and black unity photo.

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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and 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. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

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I mean seriously, I think he just googled “white hand holding black hand” and this was the first photo that came up.

A lot of teammates have since came out and accepted his apology. Personally, I don’t see how you write an apology about your own opinion. I think Brees is sorry about the backlash. I don’t think he’s sorry for what was said.

Either way, I’m excited to watch the first national anthem of the season. That should be more entertaining than the actual game.