Drew Brees was asked about Colin Kaepernick in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death, suggesting that this is what he was dropping to one knee for a few years ago in the NFL and that players may again be doing it this season. He was asked for his thoughts on it and he gave a fantastic answer:
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.”
Full exchange: pic.twitter.com/MpCkFyOMed
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Here’s what Brees said:
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States.
I envision my two grandfathers who fought for this country during WWII, 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 this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart, looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases it brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those in the civil rights movements of the 60s and all that has been endured by so many people up to this point.
And is everything right with our country right now? No, it’s not. We still have a long away to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect for the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together. We can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
I just love his response. Even in the face of what happened to George Floyd, Brees isn’t going to kowtow to the Kaepernick types and kneel during the Anthem.
What a beautiful answer remembering what his grandfathers did in their fight for this country in WWII. That’s the way it should be. Drew Brees is a true patriot.