NEW ORLEANS, La. (WDSU) — After New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees apologized for making controversial statements regarding NFL players’ decision to kneel during the national anthem, some Saints players are accepting his apology.
On Wednesday morning, Brees participated in an interview with Daniel Roberts and was asked about players potentially kneeling again during the national anthem when the 2020 NFL season starts.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said in an interview with Yahoo Finance.
Celebrities, athletes and social media responded, expressing outrage.
Several Saints players became emotional, posting their disappointment in Brees. Wide receiver Michael Thomas and line backer Demario Davis were some who went public accepting their apologies.
One of my brothers made a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with. He apologized & I accept it because that’s what we are taught to do as Christians. Now back to the movement! #GeorgeFloyd— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 4, 2020
Thomas accepted Brees apology with the following tweet:
“One of my brothers made a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with. He apologized & I accept it because that’s what we are taught to do as Christians. Now back to the movement! #GeorgeFloyd.”
Davis spoke with ESPN and said, “That’s taking ownership. What we had hoped the first time was that Drew would elaborate more on racism and the sentiments of the black community. He admitted he missed the mark. For him to come out and say ‘I missed the mark, I’ve been insensitive but what I’m going to start doing is listening and learning from the black community and finding ways that I can help them.’ I think that’s a model for all of America. . . . For him to admit that he was wrong and say I can do better and I will do better. I think that is leadership at its finest.”
Thomas unfollowed Brees Wednesday after the statements were made. He also posted these tweets shortly after the interview went viral.
He don’t know no better.— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 3, 2020
We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that.— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 3, 2020
Brees issued the following apology:
“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.”
By: WDSU Digital Team