Spineless Drew Brees Claps Back At Trump: It's Not About The Flag

The National Football League appears to be determined to alienate millions of fans again this season with the imminent return of players kneeling during the national anthem. 

With protests after the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd having allowed for the triumphant return of former militant cop-hating San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to the national scene, it is inevitable that the NFL will once again be entering the political realm. 


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Another quarterback, Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints became the target of the social media lynch mob after he spoke out in defense of standing during the playing of the Star-Spangled Banner as a tribute to his two grandfathers who fought the Nazis in World War II. 

Said Brees:

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” 

The anthem which was not controversial before the reversal of decades of progress in race relations were undone by Democrats led by Barack Obama has been decried as an ode to white supremacy and for his unpardonable heresy, Brees was bullied into apologizing and bending a knee to the mob. 

Having been emasculated and put in his proper place, the 41-year-old prolific passer was criticized for his clearly insincere reversal by President Trump who tweeted. 

Trump tweeted:

“I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag,” the president wrote on Twitter.

“OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high … We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag - NO KNEELING!”

But the leader of the free world was countered by Brees who values his millions of dollars and upcoming contract with NBC to enter the broadcast booth after he retires more than his integrity - let alone his grandfathers' valiant service. 

Brees went on his Instagram account to demonstrate his obedience by clapping back at President Trump. 


drewbrees To @realdonaldtrump

"Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates, and leaders in the black community, I realize this is not an issue about the American flag. It has never been. We can no longer use the flag to turn people away or distract them from the real issues that face our black communities.

We did this back in 2017, and regretfully I brought it back with my comments this week. We must stop talking about the flag and shift our attention to the real issues of systemic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial & prison reform.

We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history! If not now, then when?

We as a white community need to listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities. We must acknowledge the problems, identify the solutions, and then put this into action. The black community cannot do it alone. This will require all of us."

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Once again Brees crumbled under pressure much as he did when he sealed the Saints' epic loss in the 2019 NFC Championship game with a killer interception that screwed his team out of a Super Bowl berth. 

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also ran up the white flag of surrender to the angry mob with an apology for not listening to players who disrespected the flag and troops with their national anthem political statements. 

The NFL has now gone back to the future to the controversy-marred  2017 season when antics of Kaepernick's disciples resulted in empty seats, plummeting television ratings, lost advertising revenue and longtime fans burning their team merchandise in disgust. 

They eventually came back, this time it is unlikely that they will because being shamed for being racists is not a long-term successful marketing strategy.