On Thursday, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees took to Instagram to attempt a little public relations damage clean-up over his "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag or our country" comment during an interview on Wednesday. Posting a lengthy response to the pushback he received on social media as well as from a number of big names such as Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rogers, and others, we're guessing that Brees was expecting that to be enough to dial down the heat. From the sounds of sports talk television and radio over the past 24 hours, we're not quite sure it worked. Apparently, Brees didn't either, taking to Instagram on Friday morning to post a video that's, well… there.
First thing, Drew? Hold the phone a little further away. Second? If you need to be that close, stay away from the "eyes" thing. At that range, it comes across as either creepy of "hacky hypnotist." Last thing? Maybe take the time to trim the dead time in the beginning, but honestly? Our biggest issue? For something this important, how do you run out of time? Even better, how do you not film another one? It wasn't like it was a live stream or anything. Here's a look at the video, see for yourselves:
During his interview with Yahoo Finance on Wednesday, Brees referenced his family's history of U.S. military service as one of the foundations for his belief. Following his initial statement, Brees continued: "And is everything right with our country right now? No, it's not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better, and that we are all part of the solution."
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
Early Thursday morning, Brees looked to clarify his comments and play a little public relations clean-up, responding to the controversy via Instagram with a lengthy post punctuated with a stock image that brought back memories of Rocky III. Some are still calling into question how Brees was able to "find Jesus" so quickly and if this was just a move to protect his image and endorsement deals. Others wonder if Brees isn't trying to push some of the blame off as a misunderstanding with this line included near the end: "I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability."
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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it's like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.