In the wake of those statements, most are choosing to remain quiet at this time. Per Dianna Russini of ESPN, there is a plan for a team meeting to discuss the comments “in-house.”
I reached out to some Saints players about QB Drew Brees’ comments, many don’t want to give quotes to the media at this time. I’m told there is a plan for a team meeting to discuss this “in-house”— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) June 3, 2020
Speaking with Daniel Roberts of Yahoo Finance, Brees was asked how he’d react to players potentially taking a knee in 2020. Obviously, the question was asked because so many NFL players have spoken out against the violent death of George Floyd in police custody, and the subsequent protests happening in most major cities across the nation.
The veteran quarterback responded by saying, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts."@drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) June 3, 2020
Full exchange: pic.twitter.com/MpCkFyOMed
Brees also tied the Civil Rights Movement into his answer, which caused a lot of consternation.
As Brees’ comments circulated around social media, most of the reactions were very heated. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers called Brees out. The likes of LeBron James, Richard Sherman, and Brees’ own teammate, Malcolm Jenkins, have also expressed disappointment, extreme frustration and anger.
men who fought as well for this country. I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitement. He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong! God bless you. ✊— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020
He’s beyond lost. Guarantee you there were black men fighting along side your grandfather but this doesn’t seem to be about that. That uncomfortable conversation you are trying to avoid by injecting military into a conversation about brutality and equality is part of the problem https://t.co/ON81UsOWPw pic.twitter.com/HH3EVTIH8p— Richard Sherman (@RSherman_25) June 3, 2020
Here's the full transcript of Malcolm Jenkins' emotional response to Drew Brees' comments from earlier today: pic.twitter.com/YtEavJpn9L— Amie Just (@Amie_Just) June 3, 2020
Clearly, there is going to be some work to be done by Brees in his locker room. It might take a while, too.