“NEVER Been About an Anthem or Flag” – Aaron Rodgers Breaks Silence on Drew Brees’ Controversial Remarks

Published 06/04/2020, 1:20 AM EDT


Reactions to George Floyd’s death and the subsequent protests are dominating the scene in the country. As a result, more and more names from the NFL are speaking out on the prevailing situation. Earlier today, one of the most prominent NFL players in Aaron Rodgers ended his silence and condemned Drew Brees for his remarks on the NFL Player protests. 

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Aaron Rodgers breaks his silence with a strong message

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The Super Bowl XLV MVP shared an Instagram post of himself and his Green Bay Packers teammates Brett Hundley, Richard Rodgers, Jordy Nelson, and Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Here the players have locked their arms in a show of solidarity whilst standing for the national anthem before the game against Cincinnati Bengals. 

He reminded his followers about the critical reaction the move received. Furthermore, his post points out the protests are not against the flag.

The Packers quarterback wrote, “a few years ago we were criticized for locking arms in solidarity before the game. It has NEVER been about an anthem or a flag. Not then. Not now. Listen with an open heart, let’s educate ourselves, and then turn word and thought into action.” 

The response is seen as dismissive of New Orleans Saints’ Drew Brees stance regarding the issue. 

The 41-year-old said to Yahoo, that he, “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

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While Rodgers seemingly addressed purely the issue on hand and toed the line in his post. Other NFL stars and teams participated in the blackout Tuesday initiative. 

The Packers Quarterback too posted a blacked-out image on Instagram. However, the “NEVER been about the flag” is the first time he has been vocal regarding the issue.

What is your take on Aaron Rodgers’ response to Drew Brees?

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Reubyn Coutinho is a Combat Sports editor at EssentiallySports with over 2 years of journalistic experience. Having earned his bachelor's degree in Mass Media with a specialization in Journalism from Xavier's College, Reubyn has interned with the sports desks at DNA and Times Now before joining EssentiallySports to further his passion for sports content. Reubyn has interviewed former UFC champions like 'Mighty Mouse' Demetrious Johnson and Miesha Tate.

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