Drew Brees apologizes for controversial stance, says comments about racial injustice 'missed the mark'

Drew Brees apologizes for controversial stance, says comments about racial injustice 'missed the mark'

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Drew Brees apologizes for controversial stance, says comments about racial injustice 'missed the mark'

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees made headlines for the wrong reasons earlier this week, and the sports world let him know about it — quickly.

Protests regarding the brutal murder of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer have been sweeping the country, and the city of New Orleans has been no different. As such, Brees was asked for his thoughts on them, and he gave a strong take vehemently disagreeing with “disrespecting the flag.”

That didn’t go over well with other athletes, especially people of color. Two of his teammates — Michael Thomas and Malcolm Jenkins — even called him out for his comments, as did Hall of Fame safety Ed Reed.

Brees took note of it, and apologize for his strong take on Thursday, with the following statement on Instagram.

“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,” Brees wrote.

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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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It’s sad that Brees came under so much scrutiny, even though he was simply voicing his opinion, but that’s just the world we live in nowadays.

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