President Donald Trump is sounding off over the controversy sparked by New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees when he at first said he did not agree with anyone disrespecting the American flag by kneeling, then recanted and publically apologized after causing an uproar during a time of civil unrest over police brutality against African Americans.
The President’s comments came during the latest episode of an interview series called "Triggered," with his son Donald Trump Jr., for the Team Trump website.
The President initially commented:
"I was shocked, because I consider him a great football player, I consider him a champion and a star and I didn’t understand what was going on, and he took it back and I’ve never seen anything like it and I think he hurt himself very badly,"
The President then stated, “I was going to put out that he’ll (Saints Quarterback Drew Brees) regret that in the future years because you stand for the flag. You have to stand for the flag and our anthem. The national anthem. You have to stand. I think the NFL’s gonna have a lot of problems if they don’t."
President Trump then doubled down on the comment by saying, "A lot of warriors, they cave under PR pressure because his manager said, ‘Oh this isn’t right,’ and his teammates said ‘This isn’t right’ and all of a sudden he’s out there disclaiming about the flag and the country."
During initial dustup Trump had praised Brees in a tweet about supporting the American flag, Brees responded saying the issue was not about the flag, implying the issue is about African Americans and law enforcement.