NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — In response to several comments Drew Brees made Wednesday regarding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins took to social media in a strongly worded and emotional video.
Clips of the video are circulating on social media, showing Jenkins directly address Brees’ comments as “extremely disappointing” and, “extremely self-centered.”
Jenkins said Brees’ comments had a complete lack of awareness and care.
He begins tearing up in the video, saying that Brees’ comments insinuated that the black community had to ask for help in a certain way.
“We’re done asking Drew,” Jenkins said in the video while choking back tears. “People who share your sentiments are the problem.”
Jenkins has spent the last few days in Philadelphia marching in peaceful protests because of the murder of George Floyd.
A team captain and leader during his first stint with the Saints, Jenkins was emotional and outspoken at the end of his post to Drew Brees.
“I considered you a friend, I looked up to you. You are someone I had a great deal of respect for,” Jenkins said. “But sometimes, you should shut the -sic-up.”
I recorded a few videos when thinking of how to respond to Drew Brees, I don’t take any of it back-I meant what I said-I removed the 1st video because I knew it be more about the headlines. I want people to understand how those of us struggling with what’s going on feel pic.twitter.com/T054qt0YEz— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) June 3, 2020
By: WDSU Digital Team