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Drew Brees Apologizes For Anti-Kneeling Comments After Being Roasted By LeBron James & Whoopi Goldberg

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By Ryan Naumann

Drew Brees is backtracking after coming out strong against kneeling at NFL games and is now apologizing for his comments.

The QB published a lengthy statement after being criticized by LeBron James, Whoopi Goldberg, and countless others. The statement read, “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.”

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He continued, “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.”

Brees ended, “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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Earlier this month, Brees sat down with Yahoo Finance to discuss a variety of topics. The New Orleans Saints quarterback was asked for his thought on kneeling during NFL games, especially since it will most likely be seen more in the upcoming season.

Brees expressed his disapproval of Colin Kaepernick and others kneeling to protest police brutality. He said, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America. I envision my two grandfathers who fought for this country during WW2. One in the army and one in the marine corp, both risking their lives to protect our country and to try and make our country and our world a better place. Every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the nation anthem, that’s what I’m thinking about.”

Many were quick to call out Brees for his comments including Lebron James. The NBA star tweet, “WOW MAN!! 🤦🏾‍♂‍. Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of 🇺🇸 and our soldiers(men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those.”

Whoopi even filmed a video talking directly to Drew.

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