A six-year-old stock photo from Italy? The backstory of Drew Brees' viral apology image (2 Viewers)

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Mirko Vitali was relaxing with friends on Giglio Island, just off the coast of Italy, when he learned about his unintended role in a major story in the United States.

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had used the Italy-based photographer's "handshake against racism" image -- that's what Vitali called the photo, part of a shoot six years ago in his home country -- for a hotly anticipated public apology on his Instagram account, which has 1.7 million followers. Brees faced backlash from teammates and fans for a comment to Yahoo Finance on June 3 that he will "never agree with...

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