Drew Brees was clearly shaken up by the backlash he received for his polarizing comments about NFL players kneeling during the National Anthem. The New Orleans Saints quarterback has since released a string of apologies, including a message directed at President Donald Trump, as he attempts to restore the respect of his teammates and fans.
Well, Brees reportedly took things a step further during New Orleans' team meeting on Thursday. Per team reporter Nick Underhill, the 41-year-old vet was visibly emotional and distraught realizing how much his actions unsettled the Saints locker room. He even delivered a tearful apology that resonated with his teammates.
The 13-time Pro Bowler has certainly the weathered the storm he sparked, and there's something to be said for that. His initial attempts to make amends really rang hollow as they suggested he was more sorry for how his comments were perceived than failing to acknowledge the cancer that is racial oppression.
However, Brees proved on Friday night that he's a willing listener and learner when he replied to Trump's tweet with a heartfelt post on Instagram in which he confessed that players kneeling during the Anthem is entirely about protesting racial injustice and has nothing to do with disrespecting the American flag.
The former Super Bowl champ isn't entirely out of the woods, but his recent acts prove that he's willing to do whatever it takes to mend his relationship with his teammates. That's really all Saints fans could ask for.