Saints quarterback Drew Brees has apologized several times for comments he made during an interview with Yahoo Finance. On Saturday, his wife issued her own statement via her private Instagram account.
WDSU posted a screenshot of the statement in which Brees' wife Brittany wrote "WE ARE THE PROBLEM."
"To say “I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag “.. I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is," She wrote. "I don’t understand what you’re fighting for, and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notion‘s of what that flag means to us.
"That’s the problem we are not listening, white America is not hearing. We’re not actively LOOKING for racial prejudice.
"We have heard stories from men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that occurred in their lives .. stories that were never shared or talked about because somehow they were considered normal.
"To all of our friends and anyone we hurt ...we will do better.. We want to do better , we want to HEAR you, and we will fight for you because thinking we are not part of the problem...is checking the box it means we are are not doing enough."
Her statement came after Brees responded to President Donald Trump's tweet saying the veteran QB shouldn't have apologized for his controversial comments about NFL players protesting. Brees, however, told the president he was standing by his apology.
"We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues," Brees wrote.
Brees was asked earlier this week, amid nationwide protests over the death of George Floyd, about players potentially kneeling during the anthem this season. He told Yahoo Finanace he would “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States.”
Several of Brees' teammates including Malcolm Jenkins, Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas expressed frustration about his comments. Brees apologized for his comments both publicly and during a meeting with his teammates.