“So Disappointing!” – Daniel Cormier Opens up on Drew Brees’ Controversial Remarks

Published 06/04/2020, 6:12 AM EDT


The death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests have been the focal point of the USA for more than a week now. While most reactions to the protest have the same underlying message, some of them have garnered intense criticism as well. The comments made by NFL player Drew Brees have raised a number of eyebrows. Former UFC champ Daniel Cormier has also responded to Brees’ remarks.

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Cormier took to Twitter to express his disappointment over the issue. He said that Brees was a level-headed guy who didn’t make a lot of mistakes. Hence, his statements were quite a surprise for him.

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Following the death of George Floyd, Cormier has opened up on the incidents of racism that he has faced throughout his life. Since DC was a big name in wrestling since his college days, he hasn’t been the subject of racial discrimination. However, the ones close to him have not enjoyed the same fate.

Drew Brees’ comments have evoked criticism from multiple big names

In an interview with Yahoo Finance, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country“. Whatever his intentions may have been, Brees’ comments have led to him being reprimanded from all corners.

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Brees argued that both his grandfathers fought in the Second World War. Hence, when he stands with his hand over his heart singing the national anthem, he inadvertently becomes sympathetic with everyone who has sacrificed their lives for the nation.

However, people said that Brees’ statements were a conflict with his recent Instagram post, where he spoke against racism. Brees cleared that he loves and respects his teammates. He added that he stands right there with them in their fight for racial equality and justice.

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Regardless, Brees received the most poignant criticism from one of his former teammates, Malcolm Jenkins. The former New Orleans Saints player posted an Instagram video where he alleged that Brees could be a part of the bigger problem. Apart from Jenkins, Michael Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, and Aaron Rodgers also criticized his comments in one way or the other.

NBA star LeBron James also weighed in on the issue. Brees would later clarify his stand. He said that just like he respects the flag, he respects all his fellow countrymen irrespective of their race, color or religion.

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Rishabh Singh

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Rishabh Singh is an MMA author at EssentiallySports since 2020. An engineer in the making, his love for combat sports began by watching Anderson Silva light people up inside the Octagon. When he isn't busy in his technical pursuits, he is an avid reader with a love for sports in general and sporting history in particular.

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