Brittany, Drew Brees’ wife apologizes: “We are the problem”


Drew Brees ‘wife Brittany wrote an emotional post Friday on Instagram, stating “WE ARE THE PROBLEM”, a day after the Saints’ quarterback apologized for his remarks on the national anthem at the following the death of George Floyd.”WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” started Brittany. “I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you hear all our hearts. ”

Sharing two quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. – “In the end, we will not remember the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends” and: “Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people ; but we will also have to repent of the appalling silence of good people “- Brittany said that although she has read these statements a thousand times, she has been digesting all the meaning in recent days.

“I have read these quotes and scriptures 1000 times and every time I read them and the words enter my heart,” said Brittany, also referring to the passage, “The Lord has told you what is good, and that’s what he demands of you. ”

Brittany said, “I think so, that’s what this is about … Only until the last few days, until we were threatened with death, we suffered hatred … Is what I realized that these words spoke directly to us … how does someone who knows us or has interacted with us think that Drew or I have a racist bone in our body? But that’s all.

“Somehow, as a white America, we can feel good about not being racist, we can feel happy to love each other as God loves us. We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history. We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X., Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa parks, Harriet Tubman .. and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love, be impartial and without prejudices. Tell them about all the African Americans who fought and risked their lives against racial injustice, “she said.

“Somehow, as white Americans, we feel like it ticks the box to do the right thing. It’s only this week that Drew did it and I realize THIS IS THE PROBLEM. Say “I don’t agree with not respecting the flag”. I understand now, I also said that I don’t really understand the problem, I don’t understand why you are fighting and I am not ready to hear from you because of our preconceived idea of ​​what this flag means to us “, a she added.

Brees, 41, came under fire earlier this week after an interview with Yahoo Finance, declaring that he “will never agree with anyone who does not respect the flag of the United States of America or our country.” He apologized Wednesday following a wave of criticism from LeBron James and members of the NFL community.

“Speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I caused. In an attempt to speak of respect, unity and solidarity around the American flag and the national anthem, I made insensitive comments and completely missed the target of the problems we face as a country. Said Brees.

He spoke again on Thursday in a video message posted on Instagram.

“I know there is not much I can say that could make a difference right now,” said Brees in the video. “But I just want you to see in my eyes how sorry I am for the comments I made yesterday. I know they have hurt many people, especially friends, teammates, former teammates, loved ones, people I care about and respect deeply. “

Brittany and Drew Breees
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Brittany added in her remarks, “This is the problem we don’t listen to, white America can’t hear. ”

“We are not actively seeking racial prejudice,” she said. “We have heard stories of men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that has occurred in their lives … stories that have never been shared or talked about because they were considered normal. ”

Brittany then swore, “To all of our friends and those we hurt… we will do better.”

“We want to do better, we want to HEAR YOU, and we will fight for you because to think that we are not part of the problem … ticking the box means that we are not doing enough. It’s our job to educate ourselves. We are sorry ?? ”, she concluded.

Brittany’s post follows nationwide protests in response to Floyd’s death. He died in Minneapolis last month after former cop Derek Chauvin stuck his knee in Floyd’s neck for more than eight minutes. He has since been charged with murder and manslaughter.


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