More backlash against Drew Brees continued on Wednesday following his tone-deaf comments about not liking any player that kneels during the National Anthem.
Antonio Cromartie was one of many players that blasted him on social media.
“@drewbrees you a coward!!! You are the damn problem. You are in the locker with nothing but Black men. For you to sit here and think it was about a fucking flag. A Flag don’t give a shit about the black community. #TamirRice #GeorgeFloyd #BreonaTaylor #PhilandoCastile.”
Brees told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday he would never agree with the gesture.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States,” the 41-year-old quarterback told the outlet.
“The list Goes on you stupid MF. That’s why we took a knee. Some of us lost our jobs because we wanted to take a stand 4 those that couldn’t. And you on here talkin abt a damn flag. When I have to teach my sons and daughters how 2 act around cops and that may not even help save them. F YOU”
Cromartie was one of the players who took a knee during his stint with the Indianapolis Colts.
“I believe we should all stand for the national anthem and respect our country and all those who sacrificed so much for our freedoms,” Brees told ESPN via text. “That includes all those who marched for women’s suffrage in the 1920s and all those who marched in the civil rights movements and continue to march for racial equality. All of us … EVERYONE … represent that flag. Same way I respect all the citizens of our country … no matter their race, color, religion.
“And I would ask anyone who has a problem with what I said to look at the way I live my life,” Brees added. “Do I come across as someone who is not doing my absolute best to make this world a better place, to bring justice and equality to others, and hope & opportunity to those who don’t have it? That’s what I meant by actions speak louder than words. … My ACTIONS speak for themselves.”