Drew Brees might just rethink playing in 2020 after his tone deaf comments caused major outrage.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback didn’t waver from his original stance on kneeling during the Anthem when he 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.
As expected, he got blasted by fans, other athletes, and even a few of his teammates.
He even took a beating in the game world when somebody updated his awareness rating to ‘0.’
Clearly, it’s a shot at him not being able to read the room and be more aware of what is going on in the world right now when he made his comments.
“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.”