Saints Quarterback Drew Brees Shares His Thoughts on #TakeAKnee


New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees made his opinion about the national anthem protests known.  After crushing the Carolina Panthers, he expressed anger over the disrespect of our nation’s flag.

First, Brees explained that he thought President Trump’s words were too harsh for the protestors:

I disagree with what the president said and how he said it,” Brees said. “I think it’s very unbecoming of the office of the President of the United States to talk like that, to the great people like that, and, obviously, he’s disappointing a lot of people.

At first, it seemed like he was going to side with the protestors.  Then, he added his eloquent words.

Let me say this first – do I think that there’s inequality in this country? Yes, I do. Do I think that there’s racism? Yes, I do. I think there’s inequality for women in the workplace; I think there’s inequality for people of color, for minorities, for immigrants…

If the protest becomes we’re going to sit down or kneel or not show respect to the flag of the United States of America and everything it symbolizes and everything it stands for, everything our country has stood for to get to this point, I do not agree with that.

In the quarterback’s position, the national anthem should be a tool to bring the country together.

Looking at the flag with your hand over your heart is a unifying thing that should bring us all together and say, ‘You know what, we know what things are not where they should be, but we will continue to work and strive to make things better and bring equality to all people…

I will always believe that we should be standing and showing respect to our flag with our hand over our heart. I will never say it’s OK to not show respect to the flag of the United States of America during the national anthem.

The issue might hit close to home for Brees.  His grandfather served in World War II.  With a veteran in the family, this is a personal issue for him.  For Brees, the national anthem is showing respect to the people who have sacrificed.

That is the symbol of showing respect to our country. I won’t. I don’t think that that’s OK because of all who have fought so hard and died and sacrificed so much for us to have the things we have, to have the freedoms that we have. The very freedom of the speech that we are talking about was born from that flag.

During the Panthers game, ten Saints did not stand for the national anthem.  Brees said he wasn’t aware of it.

I’m not sure exactly what happened pregame because I was locked in, but I’ll talk to all my guys and we’ll be fine.



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