Brees doesn’t get it. And Malcolm Jenkins is a hero.
First Drew Brees makes clear he has no idea what he’s talking about by pretending Colin Kaepernick’s protest had something to do with “the flag.”
Then people landed on him – hard – most notably his teammate Malcolm Jenkins.
This morning Drew tries to walk it back with the help of stock photography.
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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.
Here’s the problem. I’ve read that apology three times and I see lots of meticulously crafted PR-speak, but he conspicuously doesn’t acknowledge the truth of his fellow players’ protests: it’s got nothing to do with the fucking flag! He’s trying to have his cake while sneaking off to the pantry where he can eat it, too.
Blah blah blah.
Take a knee, Drew.