New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is arguably one of the more popular players in the NFL. On Wednesday, however, his reputation took a massive hit after claiming that any athlete who kneels during the national anthem this upcoming season, a la Colin Kaepernick, is "disrespecting the flag."
His teammate, Michael Thomas, angrily subtweeted in the direction of his quarterback, and he's not the only one. Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs expressed his disappointment in Brees' comments.
Jacobs, like many others, are shocked that Brees gave such tone-deaf comments during a time like this.
Many Americans are peacefully protesting for racial equality and to end police brutality following the death of George Floyd. Last week, Floyd was killed by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, becoming one of the many African-Americans victims to die from those who take the oath to protect and serve all.
Complaining about Kaepernick taking a knee misinterprets his message entirely. The former San Francisco 49ers quarterback was advised by former Army Green Beret Nate Boyer to kneel during the anthem to raise awareness for the causes closest to him. Unfortunately, many believed that Kaepernick did it to disrespect the military, which is far from the truth.
Nearly four years after Kaepernick's act, Brees still doesn't get it. Jacobs isn't the first NFL player to voice his displeasure for Brees' opinion on Wednesday, and he certainly won't be the last.