Drew Brees attracted heated criticism from teammates and athletes across the NFL as well as the NBA after speaking on National Anthem protests. 😅
While discussing Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem protests and how he thinks the NFL should respond to likely on-field demonstrations next season, Brees told Yahoo that "he'll never agree with anybody" who he feels is "disrespecting" America.
"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," the longtime quarterback of the New Orleans Saints said. Referencing his family's military history, he then described his intense emotional response when looking at the flag and singing the National Anthem.
"I envision my two grandfathers who fought for this country during World War II," Brees said. "One in the army and one in the Marine Corps."
He continued, "In many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all that's been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the Civil Rights movements of the '60s and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point."
One of the most notable people to question Brees was LeBron James, who reiterated the idea that Kaep's kneeling wasn't meant to disrespect the flag, but rather shine a light on police brutality.
"Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of 🇺🇸 and our soldiers(men and women) who keep our land free," he tweeted. "My father-in-law was one of those men who fought as well for this country. I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitement.
"He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong! God bless you."
Saints star receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, as well as offensive superpower Alvin Kamara, all seemed to take cryptic shots at Brees shortly after.
"He don't know no better," wrote Thomas, adding, "We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that."
Sanders tweeted, "Smh.. Ignorant."
Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins was more direct in his response, holding back tears as he offered a video on Instagram addressing his quarterback.
"You are part of the problem," he said. Elsewhere, he admitted that Brees was someone he "looked up to" and "had a great deal of respect for, but sometimes you should shut the f*ck up."
Aaron Rodgers also indirectly commented in the caption of an IG photo showing him and his Packers teammates crossing arms. "It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now," he claimed.
Brees shared a follow-up statement with ESPN later on Wednesday. "I love and respect my teammates and I stand right there with them in regards to fighting for racial equality and justice," he said.
In the past few days, Brees appeared to show support for those who feel that the U.S. has a big problem that needs to be fixed.
Wonder if any of his offensive linemen disagree with his latest remarks...