New Orleans Saints quarterback, Drew Brees, has apologized for his borderline racist and extremely insensitive comments he made yesterday. Despite the numerous Black men and women who have been murdered by the police across America, the athlete still chose to condemn those who dare to protest police brutality by kneeling during the playing of the national anthem.
In a statement posted on his Instagram account, the 41-year-old Brees said his comments were “insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.
“I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.”
A Super Bowl XLIV winner in 2010, Brees said respecting the US national anthem is not just about showing respect to the military, but also to anyone who sacrificed for this country, including those in the civil rights movement.
However following the outcry that surrounded his comments, Brees now acknowledges he takes “full responsibility and accountability.”
“They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character,” said Brees.
In 2017, Brees and his Saints teammates knelt before the national anthem before a game against the Miami Dolphins in London in protest at US President Donald Trump’s comments on the NFL and its players. The players stood for the national anthem.