LeBron James Lashes Out At Drew Brees For Slamming NFL Protests: You Literally Don’t Understand + Drew Apologizes
Despite recent events, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he hasn’t backed down on his stance against players protesting police brutality in the upcoming NFL season. On Wednesday (June 3rd), Drew Brees said that he viewed the gesture of kneeling during the national anthem as disrespectful to the flag, which is something he “will never agree with.”
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.
While Drew Brees adds more of what the national anthem means to him, he admits there are racial issues in America that needs more attention.
“So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not.”
Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts."@drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
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He ends with,
“We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James took to Twitter and responded to Brees’ remarks on protests during the national anthem. LeBron James has been a continued supporter of former NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who was allegedly blackballed from the league after he knelt during the national anthem in 2016.
LeBron James says the former 49ers quarterback’s action had nothing to do with disrespecting the American flag.
In addition, James says he’s reached out the military personnel who never found Colin Kaepernick’s protest offensive,
“Men who fought as well for this country. I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitment. He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong! God bless you.”
Brees later issued a statement clarifying his thoughts on how to properly protest in the NFL, telling ESPN,
“I love and respect my teammates and I stand right there with them in regards to fighting for racial equality and justice. I also stand with my grandfathers who risked their lives for this country and countless other military men and women who do it on a daily basis.”
He also issued an apology on Instagram:
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