New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees received intense backlash over his stance on the NFL player protests. The 41-year-old had said he would, “never disagree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” As a result of the backlash, the Super Bowl XLIV MVP apologized via a heartfelt Instagram post “to anyone he hurt with his comments.” He said, “it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.”
However, the apology itself has received backlash in the form of US President Donald Trump.
The US President entered the NFL player protest debate and praised Drew Brees for his on-field abilities. However, as per the POTUS, the Saints QB should not have taken back his stance on the flag.
Trump tweeted, “I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high…”
He continued by saying protests can be done with other things, but not the flag.
“…We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag – NO KNEELING!”
Earlier, several NFL players, including San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, and 24-year-old New York Jets Safety Jamal Adams, slammed Brees directly. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, too, put up an Instagram post contradicting Brees.
Furthermore, Brees’ offensive teammates at New Orleans’ Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, as well as safety Malcolm Jenkins, slammed their veteran teammate.
Other American sports persona who raised their voice against Brees include LeBron James, Daniel Cormier, and Stephen Jackson.
What do you make of US President Donald Trump’s comments on player protests and the national flag? Do you agree with him that Drew Brees should not have changed his stance?