On Wednesday, Drew Bress was under fire for a comment he said in a recent interview with Yahoo Finance. During the interview, he said he would never agree with anyone disrespecting the U.S. flag. He continued to talk about what he feels when the “National Anthem” is played.
His comment came at a time when the country is experiencing an uprising in all 50 states in response to racial injustice, and the number of unarmed black men and women that are dying at the hands of police. The recent death of George Floyd seemed to be the tip of the iceberg, which led to the multiple protests that we are now seeing.
Now for those who know, Drew Brees is the quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, and the NFL has been highly criticized in the past for their treatment towards Colin Kaepernick, who peacefully protested against the racial injustice in our communities by simply kneeling during the “National Anthem.”
Therefore, Drew’s talk about “disrespecting” U.S. flag was not received well, and he was met with backlash from many people, including fellow athletes.
On Thursday, Drew released a lengthy apology as he acknowledged that his comments were “insensitive” and that he “completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”
He continued, “They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.”
Check out his full statement below:
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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. 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. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.
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