Stephen Jackson responds to Drew Brees’ remarks
Former NBA player Stephen Jackson responded to New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, who made comments regarding his stance on kneeling during the national anthem.
On Tuesday, Brees took part in a blackout on social media, standing in solidarity with African Americans protesting against police brutality and racial injustice.
However, when asked Wednesday whether he would support NFL players kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest, Brees said he would “never” agree with those choosing to kneel, suggesting the gesture is disrespectful to the flag and the country.
Jackson posted his response on Instagram, calling on Brees to be “more sensitive to the timing” while also saying there are a number of African Americans in New Orleans who support him and, in return, would like his support during these times.
The former NBA forward also said Drew Brees “should understand” why players kneel in protest, thanking players like Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas for “holding him accountable.”
This particular week has been tough for African Americans around the country, and especially for Stephen Jackson who was close to George Floyd. The ex-NBa star even called Floyd “Twin” because of the resemblances they shared.
Jackson has been very visible and vocal in the past week, speaking at protests and engaging with reporters and commentators on cable news. He also pledged to support Floyd’s daughter while pursuing justice for his friend.
Nonetheless, while justice might be served to the officers involved in Floyd’s killing, Jackson is hoping Caucasian people such as Brees will become more educated as to the purpose of protesting and the correlation it has with ending racial injustice.