Drew Brees Stands By Apology in Response to Donald Trump


On Friday, President Donald Trump tweeted that New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees shouldn't have apologized for his controversial comments about NFL players protesting saying Brees should've kept "his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag."  Later that day, Brees responded to President Trump "We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues."

"To @realdonaldtrump," Brees wrote in a post to his social media accounts, "Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.

"We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform.

"We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history! If not now, then when?

"We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities. We must acknowledge the problems, identify the solutions, and then put this into action. The black community cannot do it alone. This will require all of us."

His response to Trump's message drew support from the same teammates who criticised him.

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