Earlier this month, the New Orleans Saints quarterback sat down for an interview on Yahoo Finance. During the sit-down, Brees was asked for his opinion on his teammates kneeling during games to protest police brutality.
Brees 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.”
The NFL clearly didn’t get the point of Colin Kaepernick’s message and was quickly torn to shreds by fellow athletes. Lebron James 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 shared her thoughts by posting a video message speaking to Drew. She started, “This is a note to Drew Brees. I saw what you said, and I was kind of taken aback, because you see my father and my grandfather both fought in World War 1 and World War 2.”
“And couldn’t vote in this country they fought for this country but couldn’t vote in this country. So the privilege that one has when once says “my grandfather’s fought for the freedom”, always knocks me out because so did my father and grandfather and we didn’t have the freedom to vote but we lived here so we fought for it.
“So when you say, people disrespecting the flag, I just need you to understand your family fighting for the rights in the country and my family fighting for the same rights in this country did not equal the same treatment. You can connect getting on a knee, if you want to, with the military but that’s not what this is about. This is about the promise of America that all of our fathers and grandfathers fought for, that only some of us have recognized and reaped the rewards of. I still think you’re a hell of a football player.”
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 https://t.co/pvUWPmh4s8
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020