New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is having himself a bad day, and to be quite honest, he brought it on himself. As the nation is in a state of unrest following the murder of African-American man George Floyd, we’ve seen protestors kneeling in the streets for racial equality like Colin Kaepernick did back in 2016.
When speaking with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday, Brees said that any NFL player who kneels during the national anthem this upcoming season is “disrespecting the flag of the United State of America.”
Brees colleagues, like Michael Thomas and Josh Jacobs, expressed their disappointment in him. Hours later, NBA superstar LeBron James heard Brees’ comments and decided to educate him on the topic of kneeling.
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. ??✊??
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020
As you read, James tells Brees and the others who have the same belief that kneeling during the national anthem was not meant to disrespect the United States military. In fact, LeBron mentions that his father-in-law served in the military, and he told the current Los Angeles Lakers star that he didn’t find Kaepernick’s kneeling offensive.
By doing research, you can watch and listen to the former San Francisco 49ers signal-caller say his kneeling during the anthem was meant as no disrespect to the armed forces. He took a knee at the suggestion of former US Army Green Beret Nate Boyer to peacefully fight against racial inequality and police brutality.
Drew Brees today when asked about players kneeling during the national anthem: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” pic.twitter.com/FVkQs455Pz
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 3, 2020
Even with those explicit explanations, Brees and many others can’t grasp that concept. Maybe, just maybe, the Saints quarterback understands now, as he faces a barrage of backlash.