By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees gave his opinion during an interview with Yahoo! Fiance. He has since received a lot of backlash for his comments.
Several of his teammates have clashed with Brees comments. He made the comments as there have been protests and riots around the country following George Floyd’s death.
On Memorial Day, Floyd allegedly used a fake $20 bill at a store in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He died in police custody after being arrested.
All four officers have been arrested and charged at this time. While the court of public opinion may mean one thing — as a lot of people think they’re guilty right now, the justice system will determine if these men are innocent or guilty during a trial.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said, according to 247Sports. “Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the National Anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II. One fought in the army and one in the marine corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try and make our country and this world a better place. So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag, singing the National Anthem, that’s what I think about. In many cases it brings me to tears. Thinking about all that’s been sacrificed. Not just those in the military. But for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the sixties.
“Everyone and all that has been endured by so many people up to this point. 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 respecting the flag with your hand over your heart is that it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together. We can do better and we are all a part of the solution.”
While a lot of athletes are clashing with Brees’ statement. This includes many of his teammates, including out-spoken Malcolm Jenkins, who told the future Hall of Famer to ‘shut the f**k up.”
“I love and respect my teammates and I stand right there with them in regards to fighting for racial equality and justice,” Brees said. “I also said with my grandfathers, who risked their lives for this country and countless other military men and women, who do it on a daily basis.”
However, one popular sports radio host Doug Gottlieb is defending Brees’ comments.
“Here is the first thing that needs to STOP,” Gottlieb said. “You cannot tell me that the fight is for equality, equal rights, justice, the ability to demonstrate peacefully, and free speech when a guy offers up a thoughtful opinion, and then suddenly gets slammed for such opinion — which by the way is not a violation of your civil rights and never says you can’t protest. He told you what he thinks, why he thinks it, and how it makes him feel.
“This is the problem — the left will tell you that they’re the inclusive party, but if you don’t completely agree with everything they say and how they say it, well, then you’re out, which is counter to the whole idea of the entire thing… ‘We want freedom of speech except when somebody disagrees with our perspective. If you want ‘Freedom’ to work, you have to be willing to hear the counter-opinion.’”
Just like Brees’ teammates have the right to freedom of speech, Brees does too. If you are not aware what Freedom of Speech is, it when a ‘principle that supports the freedom of an individual or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without feat of retaliation, censorship, or legal action.”
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