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Some Saints players accept Drew Brees' apology, ready to move on

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By WDSU Digital Team

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. lf facing criticism due to making controversial statements in the midst of nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody. The Saints quarterback issued an apology but many said it was a disingenuous attempt to look good rather than actually own up to his mistakes.

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.


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Tony Dungy defends Drew Brees: 'I don't agree with you but let's talk about this'

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By Blake Harper | Yardbarker

Former NFL coach Tony Dungy appeared on "The Pat McAfee Show" to defend Drew Brees, arguing that people should not dismiss the quarterback because they disagree with him voicing his disapproval of kneeling during the national anthem as a form of protest.

"Drew Brees can't be afraid to say that and we can't be afraid to say 'Okay, I don't agree with you but let's talk about this," Dungy said. "We can't just say anytime something happens we don't agree with 'Hey I'm done with that and this person.' That doesn't make sense."


Brees has found himself facing criticism due to making controversial statements in the midst of nationwide protests in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody. The Saints quarterback issued an apology but many said it was a disingenuous attempt to look good rather than actually own up to his mistakes.

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Drew Brees apologized, but he has made his bed. Now he has to sleep in it.

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By Brian Allee Walsh | Sun Herald


After a night of reflection, after being subjected to widespread shame and ridicule for making insensitive comments amid the ongoing civil unrest in our country and the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has apologized.

Let’s be clear here: Brees remains steadfast in his defense of the American flag and will never agree with anyone who disrespects “Old Glory,’‘ for example, those NFL players who have knelt in protest during the playing of the National Anthem.

No, he’ll likely never change his opinion when it comes to that.

But, according to his Instagram post Thursday, ol’ No. 9 does regret comments he made to Yahoo Finance on Wednesday that may have offended “friends, teammates, New Orleans, the black community, the NFL community and anyone else I may have hurt.”

I guess “anyone else” could include Saints/Pelicans owner Gayle Marie Benson, Saints coach Sean Payton, Who Dat Nation and NBC Sports — Brees’ likely next stop at the conclusion of a Hall of Fame career. ...

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Drew Brees apologizes for his comments on protesting during national anthem after backlash

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Scott Gleeson | USA TODAY

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees publicly apologized for "insensitive" comments he made about NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

In lengthy apology posted on Instagram Thursday morning, Brees said he stands with the black community and wants to be a leader for change. "I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability," he wrote.

Brees, the NFL's all-time passing leader and 13-time Pro Bowler, drew massive backlash from the sports world on Wednesday after he told Yahoo! Finance that he wouldn't be okay with protesting racial injustice and police brutality if it meant disrespecting the flag, arguing that standing during the anthem signified the country's unity and represented what civil rights leaders have fought for off the field.

"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 said Thursday. "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." ....

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Several Saints players weigh in on Drew Brees interview

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By John Hendrix | SI

The Drew Brees backlash has run rampant after his Wednesday morning interview with Yahoo Finance. Several New Orleans Saints players, as well as many other football players and prominent sports figures, have voiced their opinion on social media. Disclaimer: Some of the statements and videos may be considered NSFW.

Malcolm Jenkins

Via his Instagram, "As I was trying to muster up the energy and find the words to address Drew Brees’s comments I recorded this video. Before I could post it, Drew reached out to me to discuss his point of view."

"All in all, I’m still posting this video because it’s important for anyone who wants to consider themself an ally to know how these words and actions affect those who you want to help. Drew’s words during his interview were extremely painful to hear and I hope he rectifies them with real action."

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Alvin Kamara: I talked to Drew Brees, it’s time to be part of the solution

  • News source: Michael David Smith
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Saints running back Alvin Kamara says he wants to move forward after addressing the recent comments quarterback Drew Brees made equating kneeling during the national anthem with disrespect for America.

Kamara posted on twitter a video of Fox News personality Laura Ingraham telling LeBron James to “Shut up and dribble” rather than express his political views, followed by Ingraham saying, “He’s allowed to have an opinion” regarding Brees. Kamara said black athletes are shut down when expressing their views.

“This is the reality we live in,” Kamara wrote. “This...
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Michael Thomas is one of a handful of Saints who says he accepts Drew Brees' apology

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New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas said Thursday afternoon that he accepts the apology from "one of my brothers" who made "a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with."

Thomas is referring to quarterback Drew Brees, who issued an apology for comments he made about protesting during the national anthem.

During an interview Wednesday with Yahoo Finance that comes amid recent protests brought about by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Brees stood firm to his position that kneeling during the national anthem constitutes...
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Terron Armstead waited to talk to Drew Brees before commenting

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A number of Saints teammates didn’t wait for today’s team meeting to give Drew Brees a piece of their mind.

But one of the guys responsible for protecting Brees said Thursday he’s hoping that Brees’ online apology Thursday morning will be proven sincere.

“I could’ve easily got on social media and attacked [Brees] yesterday,” Saints left tackle Terron Armstead wrote on Twitter. “His comments were extremely insensitive, dismissive, and flat out disappointing. Knowing him personally and his character I decided not to do so, and addressed things internally...
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Michael Thomas accepts Drew Brees’ apology, want to get “back to the movement”

  • News source: Josh Alper
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Wide receiver Michael Thomas was one of several Saints players to share negative reactions to Drew Brees‘ comments on Wednesday and he’s joined teammate Demario Davis in responding to Brees’ apology on Thursday.

Brees said his comments about respecting the American flag “were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country” as part of a lengthy post that acknowledged the pain his words caused other people. Thomas wrote on Twitter that he’s accepted Brees’ apology and wants to turn attention back to the more pressing...
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NFL coaches allowed to return to team facilities on Friday

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Coaches will be allowed to return to NFL team facilities beginning Friday as the league continues preparation for training camps and its season.

Commissioner Roger Goodell told the 32 clubs on Thursday that coaching staffs may from team complexes starting Friday. Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and healthy players barred.

“As has been emphasized in previous advice on reopening facilities, this may occur only if your club has otherwise received necessary permission from state and local governments to reopen its...
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Drew Brees “under fire” after missing opportunity to advocate for those under fire, issues apology

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The world as we know it is shaken. Not just because of a global pandemic, but also because of violent acts of injustice and racism which have taken far too long or are still yet to see accountability - not the best climate for what took place for Drew Brees on Wednesday.

In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, Brees was asked about injustice and police brutality with specific mentions to the protests during the Anthems, with a loose claim that some believe it may be coming back. To that, instead of Brees immediately detesting the violence, injustice, and racism that...
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Drew Brees’ apology leaves one specific question unanswered

  • News source: Mike Florio
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Wednesday’s on-camera comments from Saints quarterback Drew Brees sparked a loud and sustained reaction, prompting Brees to issue a written apology on Thursday. There is one important question that is unanswered by the apology, when comparing the apology to the original comments.

“In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem,” Brees says in his written apology, “I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”

In the...
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Drew Brees issues apology for comments on national anthem and flag

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees posted an apology on his Instagram account in response to comments he made Wednesday during an interview with Yahoo Finance


In the interview, Brees answered a question about the potential for a return of kneel protests before NFL games during the national anthem:
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Demario Davis calls Drew Brees apology “true leadership”

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees heard negative reactions from his teammates on Wednesday, but a Thursday apology has been met with a warmer reception from one member of the team.

On Wednesday, Brees said that he will never agree with someone disrespecting the United States flag in response to a question about a possible reprisal of players protesting racial inequality and police brutality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem. Those comments were met with negative reactions from some Saints players and Brees wrote on Thursday that “it breaks my heart...
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Reaction to Drew Brees' apology for anthem comments: 'Leadership at its finest'

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One of the first people to react to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' apology for his comments about protesting during the national anthem was teammate Demario Davis.

"For him to admit that he was wrong.. I think that is leadership at its finest," Davis, one of the team's leaders, told CNN.

During an interview Wednesday with Yahoo Finance that comes amid recent protests brought about by the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, Brees stood firm to his position that kneeling during the national anthem constitutes disrespect to both the...
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Saints having (previously scheduled) virtual team meeting this morning

  • News source: Darin Gantt
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Drew Brees has made his public apology, and now has to start the long road back of rebuilding trust with his teammates.

According to Jeff Duncan of TheAthletic.com, the Saints have a previously scheduled team meeting this morning.

While a virtual meeting isn’t the same as the kind of honest talks Brees is going to need to have with teammates, but it’s a start.

In a perfect world, he’d be able to do it in live setting, but that’s likely not possible until training camp, so the work starts by Zoom today.
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Drew Brees takes to Instagram to issue apology for his insensitive remarks

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees rightfully garnered much criticism yesterday after doubling-down on a series of out-of-touch comments that hurt the hearts of teammates, fans, and the world.

After a team meeting and taking the time to speak with vocal critics of his comments like Cam Jordan, Malcolm Jenkins, and other team leaders, Brees has taken to Instagram to issue an apology:

It seems like a sincere apology from someone who recognized how his words can, and did, hurt. Maybe it’s all a PR stunt. Maybe these are fake words meant to appease the fans...
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Brees sets Saints record for angering current/former players in interview

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Now, after these comments have caused even the fans in the streets of New Orleans to call out Brees, a lot of work must be done to right the ship.

It didn’t take long for current & former players, social media and many in the
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Brees apologizes: I 'completely missed the mark'

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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees issued an apology Thursday for his comments on "disrespecting the flag," saying he "completely missed the mark" on current issues in the United States and that it "breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused."

During an interview with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday, Brees reiterated his stance that he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America." He later told ESPN that he stands with his teammates fighting for racial equality and justice but also with the military, past and...
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