NFL Star Drew Brees Gets Viciously Attacked For Saying He Still Won't Kneel For National Anthem
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NFL quarterback Drew Brees is taking heat from virtue signalers, the politically correct, and the perpetually outraged for daring to say he won’t be kneeling for during the playing of the National Anthem at games during the upcoming 2020 season.
And frankly, anyone who knows the veteran New Orleans Saints signal-caller and future first-round Hall of Famer isn’t surprised by his position.
Readers and football fans (and former fans) may recall a few years back when another quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, then with the San Francisco 49ers, began the ‘kneeling’ movement during the playing of the National Anthem, ostensibly in protest of ‘systemic police brutality’ against blacks.
The kneeling overshadowed the season, likely cost Kaepernick the opportunity to ever play in the league again, and was hugely divisive – and for no reason, considering football is a game played by well-paid men who have every right to their opinion but who many fans believed should have saved such protests for when they were off the field.
Nevertheless, in the wake of the tragic incident involving Minneapolis resident George Floyd, a black man who died at the hands of police, there are calls to bring the kneeling movement back in time for the 2020 season.
As if NFL fans and Americans in general haven’t have a difficult time this year so far already, what with the coronavirus pandemic, the massive loss of jobs, and the gargantuan hit to the economy. Not to mention the still-ongoing riots that, really, are no longer about George Floyd.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said during an interview with Yahoo Sports.
Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.
So, every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.
And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”
This position is no different than the one he took earlier, when Kaepernick started his pre-game protests.
But whoa. How ‘controversial.’ Cue the outrage mob – people who not only believe they have a right to their own opinions, but that they also have the right to give you your opinion.
“He don’t know no better,” tweeted his No. 1 receiver, Michael Thomas.
As to the kind of guy Brees is, he and his wife Brittany donated $5 million to the state of Louisiana in March to help feed people who had begun to lose jobs due to coronavirus-related business closures and other economic hardships.
But he’s not entitled to his own opinion about kneeling, though.