What Saints must do to come together after Brees controversy

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By Bucky Brooks |

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees' comments this week about the prospect of players kneeling during the national anthem created a firestorm as so many around the world are seeking change in the wake of George Floyd's death while in the custody of police.

The impact of Brees' remarks stretched far beyond the walls of the Saints' facility, sparking further discussion on topics far more important than football. At the same time, there's no denying that the comments also have the potential to tear apart a team expected to contend for the Lombardi Trophy in 2020.

The damage played out in public, as several of the quarterback's teammates were highly critical of his position in the immediate aftermath. Although No. 9 has since apologized twice for his comments, the lack of empathy he initially exhibited for the plight of some of his teammates violated a sacred code in the locker room that could make it very difficult for this Saints team to come together and reach its potential. While Brees' apologies were a first step -- and were accepted by some teammates who had voiced criticism -- the Saints undoubtedly still have work to do in order to resolve the issue. And they must do this work in a way that helps the team become a more unified unit going forward.

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WATCH: Brees, "I Want You to See in my Eyes How Sorry I am"

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By Greg Larnard | ESPN 1420

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took to Instagram once this morning where he penned a very lengthy apology to the black community and his black teammates (Brees Issues Apology). He stated that his initial comments regarding kneeling for the flag and giving his perspective on racial injustice in this country lacked empathy.

He can't take back those words and some, like former NFL cornerback Eric Davis, said he doesn't even think he should have tried to walk back his comments and apologize for them (listen to the ED interview). Davis believes he should stand in his truth and explain exactly why he feels that way and with the apology he finds it confusing as to where exactly Brees stands now.

Personally, I believe the apology was necessary if in fact he truly believes he was wrong and not just apologizing to save face after social media torched him Wednesday. I believe Drew Brees is an outstanding person, a terrific football player, and has done a ton for the great city of New Orleans.

His initial comments did lack empathy and I truly hope he means every word he's putting out there as an apology and will use this as a moment in his life to learn and grow.

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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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Saints announce dates, times for 2020 preseason schedule

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

The New Orleans Saints revealed the specific times and dates for their 2020 preseason schedule, which will see them fly out for away games at the brand-new LoFi Stadium (visiting the Los Angeles Rams) and the historic Heinz Field (for a nationally-broadcast game with the Pittsburgh Steelers). After that two-game road series, the Saints will return to New Orleans to host the Houston Texans and Miami Dolphins in subsequent weeks.

Here’s everything you need to know about the 2020 Saints preseason:

Week 1: at Los Angeles Rams, Friday, Aug. 14 at 9 p.m. CT

This year’s preseason opener won’t kick off until 9 p.m. CT on Friday, Aug. 14, so maybe keep a pot of coffee ready. While Drew Brees probably won’t take the field in this one — he waited until Week 3 to make his preseason debut last year — there will still be plenty to watch out for, primarily the progress made by backup quarterbacks Taysom Hill and Jameis Winston. And the Rams’ shining new stadium should certainly catch the eye.

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Former Saints teammates Marques Colston and Steve Gleason reunite through charity

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By Chris Hagan | FOX 8

NEW ORLEANS, La. (WVUE) - As part of the ownership group of Main Squeeze Juice Company, former Saints receiver Marques Colston admits that staying open throughout the COVID-19 crisis has not been easy.

“It’s been tough,” says Colston. “Every industry, every company has probably been affected in some form or fashion, and we were no different. The one advantage that we did have is that many of our locations have drive-thru access. So that allowed for most of our locations to stay open.”

During which time, they made the most of their resources. Being a company that specializes in all-natural, healthy ingredients, they quickly realized that their immune-boosting juices could be a powerful donation to healthcare workers on the front lines.

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Saints defense ranked a top-10 unit by Touchdown Wire

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By John Sigler | Saints Wire

It’s tough to recall the last time the New Orleans Saints defense was filled with so many playmakers at every level. Cameron Jordan is the star up front, anchoring a defensive line featuring former first-round draft picks like Marcus Davenport, Sheldon Rankins, and Malcom Brown.

The secondary returns a lot of continuity from 2019, with two-time Pro Bowl cornerback Marshon Lattimore joined by NFL veterans Janoris Jenkins and Malcolm Jenkins. Youngsters Marcus Williams and C.J. Gardner-Johnson round out the group.

And patrolling the middle of the field is Demario Davis, one of the game’s best three-down linebackers. A tough training camp competition will decide who runs next to him with the first team defense, but the Saints have solid options in rookie draft pick Zack Baun and returning starters Alex Anzalone and Kiko Alonso.

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Saints DE Noah Spence Tears ACL

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By BtBoylan | SI

Saints DE Noah Spence tore his ACL in an offseaon workout session. New Orleans placed Spence on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury list on Tuesday. Spence will not count towards the 90-man roster.

Noah Spence, 26, signed a one-year deal this summer to return to New Orleans in 2020. After spending the final three regular-season games of 2019 with the Saints, coaches expected Spence to compete as a rotational DE this offseason.

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Potential Quarterbacks for the New Orleans Saints After Drew Brees

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By Michael Hanich | LWOS

After a huge personal accomplishment by Drew Brees this past NFL season, he could’ve taken the moment to retire. Brees took the off-season with some full consideration of whether to retire or return to the New Orleans Saints. On March 17th, Brees and the Saints agreed on a two-year deal worth $50 million. As a result, their reliable backup quarterback in Teddy Bridgewater signed a three-year deal with the Carolina Panthers. The Saints were able to resign flex quarterback Taysom Hill and sign former starting Tampa Bay Buccaneers starter Jameis Winston on one-year deals.

The 41-year old quarterback in Brees still has energy left in the tank. There is the potential of Brees sticking with the Saints after his two-year deal but either party might decide to move on. New Orleans will need to look for their next franchise quarterback after Brees. There are plenty of options that New Orleans can utilize to acquire a future franchise quarterback. Some options are currently on the roster of the Saints while others may have to use free agency or the NFL Draft.

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Brittany Brees: We are the problem, we are sorry

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After Drew Brees apologized multiple times last week for suggesting that NFL players who kneeled during the national anthem disrespected the country, his wife apologized as well.

Brittany Brees posted a lengthy message on Instagram that featured two quotes from Martin Luther King: in the end we will remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends,” and, “Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people, but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”

Her own comments started with Brees writing, “WE ARE THE...
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Drew Brees stands by apology after Trump called out quarterback on Twitter

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Earlier this past week New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees stated that he did not support NFL players kneeling for the flag in a tone deaf response to a question posed to him in an interview.

After intense public and private scrutiny from the media, fans, and his own teammates Brees backtracked on his statement, and then ultimately released an apology video on Instagram. Brees made his case during a private team meeting, and seems to have made amends with many of his teammates who have been affected by the racial inequality in America.

Brees ultimately...
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Brittany Brees, Drew Brees' wife, posts statement to Instagram after husband's protest comments

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Several days after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees first gave his comments about how he'll never agree with protesting during the national anthem, his wife, Brittany Brees, has now too released a statement onto her private Instagram.

In her post, as screenshotted by WDSU, Brees said that she and her husband didn't realize until this week that having their viewpoint regarding the flag and protests meant that they weren't listening to the black community.

"To say I don't agree with disrespecting the flag, I now understand was also saying I don't...
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A look around the NFC South on SB Nation

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Falcons Fans Delighted in Brees Unenviable Spot in the Limelight. Brees’ controversial statement about players kneeling in protest of social inequalities during the national anthem unsurprisingly made Falcons fans quite happy.

Falcons picked third. ESPN’s projection has Atlanta and their schadenfreuding finishing third in the NFC South this upcoming season. Take that Atlanta.

How will the Saints finish the 2020 season? The staff at The Falcoholic debates how your New Orleans Saints will finish the 2020 year.

Black Lives Matter. Bold and powerful piece over at...
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Walker: Drew Brees' first 2 steps, including rebuttal to president, points comeback in right direction

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Nice comeback, Drew.

No, the comeback isn't complete.

But it was a start.

After all, Drew Brees was trailing 28-3 in the PR department Wednesday morning after responding to a question about the potential of protests during the national anthem returning this season. Brees answered by saying he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States or our country.”

The backlash was so bad that folks in New Orleans - a city where Brees not only throws touchdowns but also sorta walks on water - were chanting "F --- Drew Brees" during a...
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Drew Brees responds to President Trump: 'I realize this is not an issue about the American flag'

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Friday afternoon, the president of the United States took to twitter to express his displeasure toward New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees feeling compelled to apologize for statements he made regarding NFL players protesting during the national anthem.

Late Friday evening, Brees issued an impassioned response refusing to distance himself from his apology.

In a post shared to his social media accounts directed at president Donald Trump, Brees said, "Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates and leaders in the black community, I realize this...
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President Trump forced Drew Brees to pick a side, and he did

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Before Friday afternoon, Saints quarterback Drew Brees had issued multiple apologies for reiterating his viewpoint on peaceful protests during the national anthem without addressing whether he had abandoned his position, as stated on Wednesday, that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag.” On Friday afternoon, President Donald Trump publicly chastised Brees for doing something he had not yet publicly done.

In response to President Trump’s tweets directed at Brees, Brees realized that he had to pick a side. And he did.

Cajoled and challenged by...
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Brees stands by apology in response to Trump

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In a message addressed to President Donald Trump on Friday night, Drew Brees stood by his apology for earlier comments on "disrespecting the flag," after Trump wrote that the New Orleans Saints quarterback should not have changed his stance.

"Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been," Brees wrote on Instagram. "We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.

"We did...
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Drew Brees answers President Trump: This is not an issue about the flag

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Drew Brees answered President Donald Trump in a Friday night post on social media. He also answered the question of whether his feelings about kneeling during the national anthem have changed.

The president said the Saints quarterback was right to criticize kneeling during the national anthem and wrong to apologize for his statement.

Brees twice apologized for likening kneeling during the national anthem to disrespecting America.

Brees now says he regrets his comments, which “turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black...
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NFL social-media employee helped put together Thursday’s player video

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As it turns out, the video published by the NFL on Friday featuring Commissioner Roger Goodell is only the second-best video in which the league office had a hand this week.

Per a league source, an NFL social-media employee helped put together Thursday’s powerful video featuring multiple players who demanded change.

Saints receiver Michael Thomas asked the NFL employee for assistance, and the NFL employee helped. The end result was one of the most compelling 70 seconds of non-game action ever created in the league’s 100-year history, and the video is contributing...
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Saints' Michael Thomas organized viral video featuring NFL players demanding to be heard

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The video that surfaced Thursday evening featuring a handful of the NFL’s brightest young stars demanding the NFL to take seriously their protest against systemic racism was New Orleans Saints receiver Michael Thomas’ idea, according to multiple reports.

Thomas leads the video off by saying, “It’s been 10 days since George Floyd was brutally murdered,” and the video then cycles through several other prominent NFL players reading a collective statement.

According a TMZ report, Thomas organized the video after quarterback Drew Brees stated he would “never agree...
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How other Saints leaders spoke up after Drew Brees became center of turmoil

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METAIRIE, La. -- It seemed almost impossible after the fires that were ignited throughout the New Orleans Saints' roster on Wednesday that by 9 a.m. Thursday, coach Sean Payton could be tweeting the words, "This is another example of why I love OUR team. #ChangeIsComing"

Payton was applauding team captain and NFL Players Coalition leader Demario Davis, calling Davis a "special man" for the way he went on multiple national TV stations to accept quarterback Drew Brees' apology and even suggest that it was "leadership at its finest" for Brees to admit his comments on...
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Adrian Peterson: Drew Brees isn’t racist, but he should see things from our view

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Everyone, it seems, has an opinion on Drew Brees‘ national anthem stance. Even President Donald Trump has weighed in on Twitter.

The controversy surrounding the Saints quarterback has become the biggest story in the NFL.

So naturally, Washington running back Adrian Peterson was asked his opinion while helping families in need in Houston on Friday.

Peterson briefly played with Brees in New Orleans in 2017 before the Saints traded him to the Cardinals.

“When I first seen it, I didn’t really know what to think,” Peterson said, via Mark Berman of FOX 26. “I didn’t...
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President Trump: Drew Brees doesn't need to apologize for his anthem protest comments

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The President of the United States has weighed in on the controversy surrounding New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

In a Wednesday interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees said he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States or our country” when asked about the potential of anthem protests returning to NFL sidelines this fall. After receiving swift backlash from teammates and NFL peers, Brees issued a pair of apologies Thursday.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he is “a big fan of Drew Brees,” but that Brees...
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