Drew Brees ’Wife Says We Are the Problem in Apology for His Comments

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Only a few days later Drew Brees was criticized for his comments on kneeling during the national anthem, his wife, Brittany Brees, took to Instagram to apologize.”WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” she wrote in part of a shared post on their Brees Dream Foundation account. “I am writing this with tears in my eyes and I hope you will hear all our hearts. ”

She also shared quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., as well as a Bible verse.

“I have read these quotes and scriptures 1000 times,” continued Brittany, “and every time I read them and the words sink into my heart.” I think so that’s what it is … Only until the last few days, until we have known death threats have we known hatred … Did I realize that these words were speaking directly.

She then asked, “How does anyone who might know us or have interacted with us think Drew or I have a racist bone in our body? “

“But that’s all the point,” continued Brittany. In a way, we, as white America, can feel good about not being racist, we can feel good about loving 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 on Martin Luther King, Malcolm X., Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman.. and we feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love, to be impartial and without prejudice. To teach them all the African-Americans who fought and risked their lives against racial injustice. Somehow, as white Americans, we feel like this is checking the box to do the right thing. It’s only this week that Drew and I realize this is THE PROBLEM. “

In addition, she responded to her husband’s comments.

“To say” I don’t agree with the disrespect for the flag. ” I understand now that I was also saying that I don’t really understand what the problem is, I don’t understand what you’re fighting for, and I’m not ready to hear from you because of our preconceived notions of what this flag means for us, ”she wrote. “This is the problem we do not listen to, white America does not hear. We are not actively LOOKING for racial bias. We have heard stories from men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that has occurred in their lives. stories that were never shared or spoken of because they were somehow considered normal.

Towards the end of her post, Brittany promised “we will do better”.

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

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Drew made the comments in a recent interview with Yahoo Finance. Chief editor Daniel Roberts looked back at Colin Kaepernick kneel during the national anthem as a form of peaceful protest against police brutality and asked Drew how the NFL should respond to players doing the same in the coming season.

“I never agree with anyone who disrespects the flag of the United States of America or our country,” said Mr. Drew. “Let me tell you what I see or feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I imagine my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during the Second World War, one in the army and the other in the Marine Corps, risk their lives to protect our country and to try to do of our country and this world a better place.

“So every time I stand with my hand on my heart, looking at this flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about,” he continued. “And in many cases it brings me to tears at the thought of everything that has been sacrificed, not only those in the military, but also those that spread through the Civil Rights Movements of the 1960s and all that which has been endured by so many people so far. And is everything all right with our country at the moment? But no. 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 on your heart is that it shows unity. It shows that we are all in the same boat, that we can all do better and that we are all part of this solution.

Several athletes, including LeBron James And Richard Sherman, criticized Drew for his comments. Drew later posted an apology via Instagram, at one point saying, “I’m sorry, and I’m going to do better, and I’m going to be part of this solution, and I’m your ally.” “

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