Drew Brees formally issued two separate apologies on Thursday for criticizing NFL players protesting during National Anthem.
While Brees said that he “will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right,” many are calling his apology insufficient.
Jemele Hill was one of them.
The former ESPN analyst first took a shot at his apology by pointing to a former teammate of Brees who had this to say:
“Drew Brees was once my teammate. Had a long intellectual talk with him in the cold tub once. Drew….. you’re a smart man. This ain’t ignorance. This is picking a side and not caring enough to fight for justice because you’re comfortable within your own bubble. Silence is murder!”
She followed that up by calling him fake.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback apologized for saying NFL players’ kneeling during the National Anthem are “disrespecting” America following widespread backlash from teammates and other professional athletes.
“It breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused,” Brees wrote in an Instagram post Thursday. “In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”
Brees drew criticism Wednesday after he told Yahoo! Finance that he did not support protesting police brutality if doing so involved “disrespecting the flag” by kneeling during the National Anthem.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said. “Is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity.”