Twitter Reacts to Drew Brees and his Apology following Controversial Statement
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Earlier in the week, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees released a statement in response to the possible return of NFL kneeling protests saying, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

The 41-year-old quarterback received a ton of criticism from players, fans, coaches, media, and teammates, ultimately stating that his comments showed a lack of awareness or any kind of compassion or empathy for the situation at hand.

Many took the social media to express their frustration with Brees’ remarks, which for a lot of people made it clear that the Saints quarterback still did not truly understand the reason for Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem back in 2016.

One of them was former NBA player Stephen Jackson (a friend of George Floyd):

LeBron James was furious with Brees’ comments, and was one of the first to speak out on the matter:

Teammates of Brees called him out for his statements including wide receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas addressed the situation with Brees personally, and later went to social media to say that he accepted Brees’ apology and wanted to ensure everyone that they are on good terms going forward:

ESPN’s Maria Taylor made a strong statement, sharing her opinion on First Take:

Charles Barkley felt the negative reactions were “over-kill”

Drew Brees issued a personal video message and apology yesterday, to everyone that was hurt by his earlier statement:

 

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