Yesterday, Drew Brees threw himself into a social media fire by stating he is still against the peaceful kneeling protest that was seen in the NFL. Today, he has apologized.
Brees was doing an interview with Yahoo Finance where he spoke against the form of protest created by Colin Kaepernick stating that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”
After the interview circulated online, Brees was criticed by the general public, his own teammates Michael Thomas and Malcolm Jenkins and stars from across the world including LeBron James.
In an early morning Thursday post, Brees apologized to his friends, teammates, New Orleans, the black community, the NFL community and “anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday.”
“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,” Brees wrote. “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.”
You can read the full statement below: