The wife of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said over the weekend they received death threats over his comments about athletes protesting during the American national anthem.
“WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” Brittany said … “Only until the last few days, until we experienced the death threats, we experienced the hate … Did I realize that these words were speaking directly to us.”
Brittany continued … explaining, “To say ‘I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag’ I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is.”
“I don’t understand what you’re fighting for, and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notions of what that flag means to us.”
“That’s the problem we are not listening, white America is not hearing. We’re not actively LOOKING for racial prejudice.”
One look on social media and it isn’t hard to see the upset people who directed their anger towards them.
Brittany insists she and Drew don’t “have a racist bone in our body.”
“Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one an another as God loves us,” Brittany said. “We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history.”
“We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X., Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love, be unbiased and with no prejudice. To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice. Somehow as white Americans, we feel like that checks the box of doing the right thing. Not until this week did Drew and I realize THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM.”
She continued, “To all of our friends and anyone we hurt we will do better … We are sorry.”
Brees received plenty of backlash over his comments last week when he said that he doesn’t agree with players kneeling during the national anthem to protest the mistreatment of blacks in the US.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said.
Brees quickly issued a public apology after major backlash from fellow American sports celebrities such as LeBron James.