In doing so, the New Orleans Saints quarterback failed to acknowledge racial injustice and police brutality, which, in the wake of George Floyd's murder, has sparked protests throughout the country. To Brees' credit, he has worked tirelessly to mend his fractured relationship with his teammates and restore his brand as one of the league's most respected superstars.
Those efforts were apparently enough to appease wide receiver Michael Thomas, who posted a photo with his QB on Twitter that suggests their tension has been resolved.
Well, that petered out rather quickly. Just 48 hours ago it seemed that Brees had precipitated irreparable turmoil throughout the Saints locker room. Now, it would appear, that he and his All-Pro wideout have buried the hatchet. Thomas had a string of tweets that immediately called out Brees for what he said when it initially happened.
We wouldn't go as far as to say that it's all sunshine and rainbows between Thomas and Brees, but it's pretty clear that his powerful Instagram message to President Donald Trump on Friday night was crucial in the 13-time Pro Bowler winning back he respect of his teammates.
Even safety Malcolm Jenkins, who cussed out Brees earlier in the week, posted a video in which he declared his respect for the 41-year-old gunslinger's newfound willingness to listen and learn from the experiences of his African American teammates.
Brees should consider himself lucky that his teammates have been quick to forgive his comments. This post from Thomas confirms that fans in New Orleans can drop any concerns they had about this friction potentially spilling over beyond the offseason.