Last week, Shannon Sharpe went all scorched-earth on Drew Brees after he made controversial comments about kneeling during the national anthem. He called for Brees to retire during a segment of the FS1 show despite the QB issuing an apology.
“Drew Brees said something, Skip [Bayless], that I found insulting, to be quite honest with you,” Sharpe said. “He said my grandfathers fought in World War II. I didn’t know two men won World War II, Skip. They should be commended. But did he know that black men fought alongside his grandfather in World War II? Skip, they were fighting in a foreign land for a freedom — that when they came home — they did not enjoy like Drew Brees’ grandfathers did.”
A few days later and Sharpe has had time to not only think about it, but he has spoken with him over the phone.
Sharpe noted that he forgives Brees although he still wants him to follow through and continue being an advocate for social change.
“I said Drew, for one second we didn’t want you to be Drew Brees, we wanted you to be one of us. What hurt the most is that it came from you. No white QB in the history of the NFL has had black support like you,” Sharpe said. “I felt better after taking to Drew Brees. It took a lot of courage from him to reach out to me. I told Drew, ‘Time will tell, but I’m in your corner because I believe you can help us get to where we need to be.'”