Drew Brees obtained an earful from teammates and different professional athletes, corresponding to LeBron James, for what he stated Wednesday about protests in the course of the nationwide anthem. Then folks in New Orleans let him have it.
Marchers at a rally to protest police brutality and racial inequality cursed out the longtime Saints quarterback and metropolis icon as they moved down a metropolis avenue. (WARNING: Obscene language within the under video.)
Brees stated in an interview with Yahoo Finance that kneeling for the anthem, which former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick began in 2016, is disrespectful to the American flag and those that served within the armed forces, corresponding to Brees’ grandfathers.
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A number of present and former Saints gamers, together with Alvin Kamara, Michael Thomas and Malcolm Jenkins, posted their sturdy disagreement on Twitter. Mark Ingram and Marques Colston additionally weighed in.
Extra backlash got here from two high-profile New Orleans/Louisiana folks.
Professional Soccer of Famer Ed Reed (born in Saint Rose) known as a Brees a “chump” and a “punk” in an Instagram video. “I see Drew Brees is doing his half in holding black folks down,” Reed opened.
Actor Wendell Pierce (born in New Orleans) wrote of the experiences of his father, who he stated is a World Battle II vet similar to Brees’ grandfathers. The principle distinction in his father’s service, Pierce stated, was how he was handled when he returned stateside.
To @DrewBrees :My 95yr outdated father fought in WWII at Saipan risking his life for the US of America, a rustic that had little respect for himWhen he returned to New Orleans he was denied his proper to vote, his proper to dwell the place he wished & most of his civil rights…
— Wendell Pierce (@WendellPierce) June 3, 2020
Luke Johnson, who covers for the Saints for The Advocate and The Instances-Picayune, wrote that as somebody who served in Iraq as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps, he was not bothered by gamers taking a knee.
“I am merely asking you to listen to this, from me, one service member amongst 1000’s: I like my nation, and I like the flag that represents it, however my service was by no means for items of land or material. The 4 years I spent within the Marine Corps got to guard the freedoms we get pleasure from on this nation.
Freedoms like protesting injustice, and by calling racism by its identify while you see it. Nothing will get extra American.”