New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has issued a second apology after facing intense criticism for saying he'll never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.
“I know there’s not much I can say that would make things better right now, but I just want you to see in my eyes how sorry I am for the comments I made yesterday,” Brees said on his Instagram. “I am sorry, and I will do better, and I will be part of the solution, and I am your ally.”
Brees caused uproar Wednesday after he told Yahoo! Finance that he did not support protesting police brutality if doing so involved “disrespecting the flag” by kneeling during the National Anthem.
“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States,” Brees began, adding that the national anthem reminds him of his grandfathers, who served in the armed forces during World War II.
Brees's remarks have drawn a sharp rebuke across the sports landscape, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, among others.
Since 2016, several pro football players have been kneeling on one knee during the National Anthem. However, some believe that they are disrespecting the flag and the veterans that serve this country.
As for Brees, he has made it clear that he supports policy change and stands with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality.