Drew Brees Offers Second Apology in New Video— “I’m Sorry And I Will Do Better”

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New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees issued a new video on Thursday (June 4), apologizing for insensitive comments about not supporting any movement that disrespects the US flag, in regards to Colin Kaepernick’s silent protest of kneeling during the national anthem.

This is the second apology Brees has issues, following a written apology on Instagram. This time Drew shared a video, so fans could see it in his eyes.

“I know there’s not much that I can say that would make things any better right now but I just want you to see in my eyes how sorry I am for the comments that I made yesterday,” Drew began the video. “I know that I hurt many people especially friends, teammates, former teammates, loved ones,  people that I care and respect very deeply. That was never my intention.”

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He went on the share his feelings about racial injustice.

“I wish I would have laid out what was on my heart in regards to the George Floyd murder, Ahmad Arbery, the years and years of social injustice, police brutality and the need for so much reform and change in regards to legislation and so many other things to bring equality to our black communities.

“I’m sorry. And I will do better. I will be part of the solution and I am your ally. I know no words will do that justice, that’s going to have to be…”  he said before the video cuts out.

In the caption alongside the video, Drew wrote, “Step-by-step you will see my heart for exactly what it is and the way everyone around me sees it. I’m sorry it has taken this long to act and to participate in a meaningful way but I am your ally in this fight.”

Drew’s original comments sparked backlash from fans and teammates when in an interview with ESPN, he shared his feelings on the kneeling movement started by former San Fran quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America, or our country,” Brees said. “And is everything right with our country right now? No, it’s not We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”

Drew’s first apology was written on Instagram alongside a photo of white and black hands grasping together in unity.

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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,” Drew began.  “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.”

While some are still offended by Drew’s comments, many comments following the apology have been in support of Brees.

“In my opinion, you said nothing wrong. My 102 yr old African American New Orleanian grandmother and former teacher of several yrs would agree, and so would I. It’s not a race thing, it’s a generational and respect thing. I totally understand what you were saying. That’s how I was raised, on respect,” one follower shared.

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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.

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