This does not bode well for the state of the New Orleans Saints going forward.
Saints quarterback Drew Brees told Yahoo Finance on Wednesday that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting” the United States flag.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about…
“…And 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. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
Those controversial comments were blasted by a lot of people, but none more notable than teammate Michael Thomas who wrote on Twitter that he doesn’t care whether Brees approves of the protests and said the 41-year-old doesn’t know any better.
Brees’ comments come amid ongoing protests in the United States related to police brutality and racial injustice.
Four Minneapolis police officers were fired, while one, Derek Chauvin, was arrested on charges of third-degree murder and manslaughter.
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