New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees just did something beautiful, he stood up for the American flag and the National Anthem, something that is almost unheard of when it comes to individuals in the public eye.
In the process, he also had a few words for fellow NFL player Colin Kaepernick who trashed America most recently.
Kaepernick caused outrage when he refused to stand during the National Anthem and would not even show respect to the American flag, explaining that he would not stand for a country that “oppresses black people.”
“I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick told NFL Media a couple days ago. “To me, this is bigger than football and it would be selfish on my part to look the other way. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder.”
But now, Brees says he “wholeheartedly” disagrees with Kaepernick’s disrespect for the freedom that the country stands for.
“I disagree. I wholeheartedly disagree,” Brees told ESPN. “Not that he wants to speak out about a very important issue. No, he can speak out about a very important issue. But there’s plenty of other ways that you can do that in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.”
“The great thing about this country is that we have the freedoms that allow you to speak out openly about any issue,” Brees continued. “So I’m not commenting on the issue itself because any person has the right to speak out on any issue they want. That’s the great thing about being an American. But the American flag is what represents those freedoms. It represents the very freedom that Colin Kaepernick gets the opportunity to exercise by speaking out his opinion in a peaceful manner about that issue.”
Brees is not only a phenomenal football player, he’s also a patriot that deserves a clap!