The immediate aftermath of the murder of George Floyd has sparked civil unrest throughout the nation as all 50 states have engaged in protests to communicate their opposition to racism and police brutality. The peaceful demonstrations have been nothing short of enlightening and they really echo the methods carried out by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick.
Numerous teams and players have released statements acknowledging the current state of the country, and -- in truly shocking and tone-deaf fashion -- New Orleans Saints gunslinger Drew Brees spoke out against kneeling during the national anthem in 2020. The 41-year-old superstar asserted that he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag."
These are unfortunate comments from Brees, and we fully believe that his stance will sabotage the Saints' chemistry.
There's failing to read the room -- or the turmoil sweeping the nation -- and there's this glaring lack of open-mindedness from Brees. You can guarantee his New Orleans teammates, most of whom are of African-American descent, lost a ton of respect for the future first ballot Hall of Famer.
Seriously, do you think Saints standouts like Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Cameron Jordan, Marshon Lattimore, Terron Armstead, Demario Davis and Marcus Davenport will just let Brees' sour response slip from their memory in the months leading up to the 2020 campaign? No way.
That list of players also fails to mention veteran newcomers like Emmanuel Sanders, Malcolm Jenkins and Janoris Jenkins. Folks, Thomas is already subtweeting Brees!
You might not think that was a hostile "reply" from the All-Pro wide receiver, but his next tweet certainly was.
It's pretty apparent that Thomas is sending a message to his quarterback, and we're led to believe that this is only the start of Saints players butting heads with the 13-time Pro Bowler. Again, there's no excuse for Brees' failure to acknowledge that Kaepernick was protesting racial discrimination, not the flag and certainly not the anthem.
Unfortunately for Brees, his chemistry with his Saints teammates will pay the ultimate price as a result.