Charles Barkley Thinks Drew Brees Was Treated Unfairly in Wake of His Anthem Comments

Charles Barkley in the Turner Sports commentary booth for The Match: Champions for Charity
Charles Barkley in the Turner Sports commentary booth for The Match: Champions for Charity | Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images

This week, there has been a significant backlash to the comments Saints quarterback Drew Brees said about player protests during the national anthem. NBA legend and television personality Charles Barkley thinks that the outcry of criticism to Brees' comments is fair.

Barkley said that Brees' comments were "very insensitive." However, he thinks that the reactions to statements was "overkill." He went on to say that he's never heard anything bad about Drew Brees, and that he's just a man that made a mistake.

The former Walter Payton Man of the Year winner has apologized about his remarks two times now, and vows to be better. His teammates, including Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Thomas, did speak out against what he said, but they notably accepted the signal-caller's apology.

Brees is on a road to redemption, but is Barkley right that the former Super Bowl MVP was treated unfairly for his mistake?

Brees sounds contrite, and wants to get back to work as the best version of himself that he can be. All the same, Sir Charles wants us all to be wary of the outrage machine.