Saints receiver Michael Thomas accepts apology from teammate Drew Brees
After making shockwaves yesterday due to hurtful comments in the wake of George Floyd’s death, New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees apologized for his statement on Thursday morning. Numerous teammates responded to the apology.
Star wide receiver Michael Thomas was one of the offended parties by Brees’ statement yesterday, but today accepted the apology.
“One of my brothers made a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with,” Thomas, 27, wrote on Twitter. “He apologized & I accept it because that’s what we are taught to do as Christians. Now back to the movement!”
One of my brothers made a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with. He apologized & I accept it because that’s what we are taught to do as Christians. Now back to the movement! #GeorgeFloyd
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 4, 2020
Thomas, a key member of the Saints’ offense who hooked up with Brees in 2019 for the new NFL single-season receptions record, previously outlined his frustrations with Brees’ words yesterday. He wrote on Twitter, “He don’t know no better,” also saying “We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that.”
We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that.
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 3, 2020
Thomas joined a long list of professional athletes discouraged by Brees’ hurtful comments, using the military as a justification to denounce NFL players, first led by now-free agent signal-caller Colin Kaepernick, using their platform to shine light on racial discrimination and police brutality.
In the week since Floyd’s death in police custody, which brought the arrests of and charges to the Minneapolis officers involved, players and other citizens have demonstrated across the country why Black Lives Matter is a contemporary and persistent issue.
Teammates of Brees on the Saints, like Malcolm Jenkins, reacted very strongly to the veteran quarterback’s comments. Jenkins, with tears in his eyes, gave an impassioned and emotional response yesterday before Brees apologized.