In the wake of George Floyd's death, there's a likely possibility that athletes will once again start to kneel during the national anthem, co-opting the peaceful protest method used by Colin Kaepernick a few years ago. In sharp contrast to statements put out by several NFL players and teams, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees does not want to see anyone kneeling during the national anthem when the season starts, as he claimed he will "never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag."
Brees is not the only NFL legend to subtly plant his flag against the BLM movement. Chicago Bears legend Brian Urlacher praised Donald trump's controversial response to the protests just a few days ago.
Brees has often been critical of Kaepernick because he thought the former QB protesting during the national anthem violated a "sacred" national institution. Unfortunately for Brees, he failed to realize that Kaepernick was protesting racial injustice, not the flag or anthem.
You couldn't wait until all the protests died down before you hopped back on your soapbox, Drew? The old adage might sound trite, but it's true. If you don't have anything nice -- or in this case supportive -- to say, don't say anything at all.