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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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Dennis Allen “feels good” about Saints linebacker room

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By Brooke Kirchhofer

NEW ORLEANS, LA – Last season the New Orleans Saints dealt with numerous injuries, specifically at linebacker.

This offseason the Black and Gold were able to add to a few new faces to that position group.

Defensive coordinator Dennis Allen was recently on the New Orleans Saints podcast and spoke about the decision to draft Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and discussed the state of the linebacker room.

“I feel good about it. I think that’s still an area we are going to continue to look to see if there is anybody that we can acquire ...

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Are Josh Hill and Marcus Williams the most underappreciated Saints?

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By Steve Geller | WWL

The 2020 New Orleans Saints are jammed packed with talent and appear to be one of the toughest teams, top to bottom, in the NFL. The roster is dripping with star power, with the likes of Drew Brees, Michael Thomas, Cam Jordan and Demario Davis. But, not every player can be in the bright spotlight. Some key contributions come from role players or guys who don’t get the recognition they deserve,

Like, did you know Josh Hill is heading into year 8 with the Saints? He is one of the undrafted gems that scouts found and has been polished into a trusted tight end. Hill isn’t going to put up eye-popping stats, but does deal with the “dirty work”, like run and pass blocking. along with contributing on special teams. ...

Hill was forced out of week 5’s contest against Tampa Bay last year with a concussion and Coach Payton’s post game comments about the tight end were sure attention grabbing.

“…losing him was like losing your front door. All of a sudden there are 58 plays on the call sheet and he was involved in a lot of them….”

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Players send message to NFL on racial inequality

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NEW YORK -- Patrick Mahomes, Saquon Barkley and Michael Thomas are among more than a dozen NFL stars who united to send a passionate video message to the league about racial inequality.

The 70-second video was released on social media platforms Thursday night and includes Odell Beckham Jr., Deshaun Watson, Ezekiel Elliott, Jamal Adams, Jarvis Landry, Stephon Gilmore and DeAndre Hopkins, among others.

Thomas, the New Orleans Saints wide receiver who has led the league in receptions the past two seasons, opens the video with the statement: "It's been 10 days since...
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Shaquille O’Neal was on Saints’ call during Drew Brees’ apology

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The Saints aren’t saying much about what went on in their team meeting this morning, wanting to keep things in-house. A handful of players, including Alvin Kamara, Terron Armstead, Michael Thomas and Demario Davis, indicated they accepted their quarterback’s apology.

Little else has been said about the meeting.

But at least one non-Saints player was on the call, and he is saying more than anyone inside the organization has said about the meeting.

Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal, who now works as an NBA analyst, said on TNT on Thursday night that he spoke to...
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Drew Brees apologizes again

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees has issued a second apology for his widely criticized comments likening kneeling during the national anthem to disrespecting America.

Brees posted a video on Instagram looking into the camera, saying again that he’s sorry, and promising to work for change.

“I know there’s not much I can say that would make things better right now, but I just want you to see in my eyes how sorry I am for the comments I made yesterday,” Brees said. “I am sorry, and I will do better, and I will be part of the solution, and I am your ally.”

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'I am your ally:' Drew Brees apologizes again for his protest comments in Instagram video

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Roughly 12 hours after New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees posted his written apology pertaining to his comments about protesting during the national anthem, Brees took to Instagram again in a video so fans could "see in my eyes how I sorry I am," he said Thursday night.

"I know that it hurt many people," Brees said. "That was never my intention. I wish I would have laid out what was on my heart in regards to the George Floyd murder, Ahmaud Arbery, the years and years of social injustice, police brutality and the need for so much reform and change in regard...
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Walker: Drew Brees' words may have been a problem, but now his words can help with the solution

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Drew Brees apologized.

Now comes the hard part.

The healing.

For Brees' teammates, his fans and his peers across the NFL, that's the step that could take a little time.

How much time depends on who you ask.

Some accepted Brees' apology as soon as he posted it on Instagram Thursday morning. Others felt there wasn't a need for an apology.

But it's the ones who don't fall in either of those categories who Brees will have to try to win over again after his comments in an interview with Yahoo Finance became the hot topic all over the country. Brees was asked his...
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Saints' virtual meeting after Drew Brees' apology was 'vulnerable,' 'necessary'; report

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In response to Drew Brees' comments in the wake of the George Floyd protests, the New Orleans Saints held a virtual team meeting Thursday afternoon that punter Thomas Morstead described as a "vulnerable" conversation, according to a report from ESPN.

The meeting, which was previously scheduled, came hours after Brees issued a public apology for his Wednesday comments declining to support NFL players' 2015 protest in which many kneeled during the playing of the national anthem.

Morstead, who is the Saints' NFLPA executive committee member, did not share specifics...
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Alvin Kamara: “Until you are black in America, you won’t truly understand what it is to be black in America”

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Recent events have created an unprecedented level of awareness and sensitivity by white Americans to the issues confronting black Americans. On Thursday, Saints running back Alvin Kamara posted a long thread on Twitter that provides specific details about his own experiences.

“I’m a 24 year old black man from Atlanta,” Kamara said. “Mother from Africa and an illegal alien for almost [30-some] years until 15 months ago. I’ve seen racism and experienced social injustice personally. Maybe even on a deeper level because my mother had a foreign accent. My license has...
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Alvin Kamara: I talked to Drew Brees, it’s time to be part of the solution

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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”

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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

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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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