Infamous New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has received criticism from his fellow players and thousands of others after an interview where he denounced kneeling for the National Anthem.
During an interview with Yahoo Finance, Brees responded to the possibility of “players kneeling again when the NFL season starts.”
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,”
Brees continued on that when he looks at the flag, he thinks about his grandfathers who fought in the war. Many responded on Twitter to inform Brees that thousands of Black men served in the army as well, and came home to lynching, segregation and as third-class citizens.
Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about “players kneeling again when the NFL season starts.”@drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
Full exchange: pic.twitter.com/MpCkFyOMed
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) June 3, 2020
Thousands across the world have protested the murder of Black people at the hands of police and systemic racism, but Brees appears to have more respect for the symbolism of the American flag than his fellow man.
San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman referred to Brees as “beyond lost.”
Bree’s teammate, Malcolm Jenkins made an emotional video and posted it onto his Instagram to respond.
In his video message Jenkins addressed Drew:
“Drew, unfortunately, you’re somebody who doesn’t understand their privilege. You don’t understand the potential that you have to actually be an advocate for the people that you call brothers. You don’t understand the history.”
“I’m a black man walking around America and I’m telling you I’m dealing with these things. And your response to me is, ‘Don’t talk about that here. This is not the place.’ “Drew, where is the place, Drew? I’m disappointed. I’m hurt. Because while the world tells you that you’re not worthy, that your life doesn’t matter, the last place you want to hear from are the guys that you go to war with and that you consider to be allies and to be your friends. Even though we’re teammates, I can’t let this slide.”
Watch Jenkins full video here.
Lebron James also responded tweeting: “WOW MAN!! . Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee??”
As protests in Minnesota continue and tempers flair, Colin Kaepernick started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to all protestors who may be charged during the rebellion.
“In fighting for liberation there’s always retaliation,” he wrote on Twitter. “We must protect our Freedom Fighters. We Started a legal defense initiative to give legal representation to Freedom Fighters in Minneapolis paid for by @yourrightscamp.”
Kaepernick’s nonprofit Know Your Rights Camp will fund the initiative.
Just a day before announcing his legal support, Kaepernick condemned the murder of George Floyd tweeting: “When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.”
When civility leads to death, revolting is the only logical reaction.
The cries for peace will rain down, and when they do, they will land on deaf ears, because your violence has brought this resistance.
We have the right to fight back!
Rest in Power George Floyd
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) May 28, 2020
Since the initial protests, other cities have joined in to resist the continued terrorism against the Black community. Cities like Chicago, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Oakland and Dallas have also joined the uprising.
On the day of Malcolm X’s birthday, Kaepernick retweeted this video:
Whenever I tell an uncompromising truth about the toxicity of whiteness–I think of Malcolm X. I think about how he loved us enough to be honest. There was such beauty in his harshness, and so much care for his people in his directness.
I love Malcolm X.pic.twitter.com/IsHnXiLmFj
— L E F T, PhD ⚫️ (@LeftSentThis) May 19, 2020