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.
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.