METAIRIE, La. – After New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had previously posted a message of unity on social media, he got a backlash on Wednesday when he reiterated his stance that he “will never agree to anyone who flies the United States flag.” States of America disregarded “. during a Interview with Yahoo Finance.
These were his first comments after George Floyd’s murder last week. Brees’ comments on the flag have been sharply criticized on social media, including LeBron James, the star of the Los Angeles Lakers.
Brees gave ESPN a long answer when asked about the perceived conflict between his points of view ̵
“I love and respect my teammates and stand by them in the struggle for racial equality and justice,” said Brees. “I also stand by my grandfathers who risked their lives for this country and countless other military men who do so every day.”
The New England Patriots brothers Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty social media account described Brees’ comments as “a shame”.
“To talk about your grandfathers as if no black men were fighting next to them. These men later returned to a country they hated.” her tweet said. “Don’t avoid the problem and try to do it via a flag or the military. Fight for what is right like your grandfathers!”
James replied on Twitter, saying that kneeling during the national anthem “Nothing to do with the disrespect of [the United States flag] and our soldiers. “
WOW MAN !! 🤦🏾♂️. Is it surprising at this point? Certainly not! You still literally don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee? Has absolutely nothing to do with the disrespect of 🇺🇸 and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our country free. My father-in-law was one of these https://t.co/pvUWPmh4s8
– LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020
Men who also fought for this country. I asked him a question and thanked him all the time for his commitment. He never found Cape protesting peacefully because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong! Godd bless you. 🙏🏾✊🏾👑
– LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020
The comments from Brees were not immediately addressed specifically by teammates on Wednesday, despite the broad recipient Michael Thomas replied with a sick emoji to a reporter’s tweet that said, “How do you watch George Floyd be murdered and his first answer when asked is ResPEcC the FLAg.”
Thomas has also retweeted other comments on Brees’ statements.
Brees was pronounced in 2016 when he said he supported Colin Kaepernick’s desire to speak out against racial injustices, but contradicted Kaepernick’s method of protest during the national anthem.
He did not deviate from this attitude – although on Wednesday he insisted that his actions should represent what kind of person he is.
“I think we should all stand for the national anthem and respect our country and all those who have sacrificed so much for our freedoms,” Brees said by text message. “This includes everyone who marched for women’s suffrage in the 1920s and everyone who marched in civil rights movements and continued to march for racial equality. We all … EVERYONE … represent this flag. Just like me all respect the citizens of our country … regardless of race, skin color, religion.
“And I would ask anyone who has a problem with what I said to consider my way of life. I come across as someone who is not doing my best to make this world a better place, justice and equality bring to.” for others and hope and opportunity for those who don’t have it? I meant actions that speak louder than words. … My MEASURES speak for themselves. “
Brees referred to his Wednesday morning social media post, which started under the heading “Words to Unite,” and spoke about the importance of teaching and modeling children, “what it means to love everyone and everyone respect”.
“There’s a saying in every locker room I’ve been to,” wrote Brees. “‘Don’t just talk about it, be about it.’ Acknowledge the problem and accept the fact that we all have a responsibility to improve it. “Your actions speak so loudly that I cannot hear what you are saying.”
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Words to unite .. A mentor of mine once told me that if you listen closely, the sound of children playing is the same no matter where you are in the world. The laughter, screaming, screaming, giggling … No matter what language you speak, no matter what race, skin color, religion … exactly the same. At some point we all change … The reasons … Our environment, experiences, education … The voices and influences around us. If you are reading this, you are probably one of those whose voice and influence are very strong in a young person’s life. So if you ask what difference you can make in this world … that’s exactly it. Educate, teach, but above all show young people what it means to love and respect everyone. There’s a saying in every locker room I’ve been to … Don’t just talk about it, talk about it. Acknowledge the problem and accept the fact that we all have a responsibility to improve it. “Your actions speak so loud that I can’t hear what you’re saying.”
Brees and his wife Brittany have been heavily involved in charities during his 19-year NFL career, including a recent $ 5 million donation to help Louisiana during the coronavirus pandemic.
The Saints’ coach, Sean Payton, offered a passionate stance Tuesday, saying on social media that Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery were “murdered, not killed”, and called for changes in the November election.
Gayle Benson, owner of the Saints and New Orleans Pelicans, released a long statement Monday deciphering police brutality and announcing the creation of a Social Justice Leadership Coalition in both organizations involving Davis, Lonzo Ball, and JJ Redick .