Malcolm Jenkins credited New Orleans Saints teammate Drew Brees “for listening” after NFL quarterback sent message to President of the United States, Donald Trump, saying he was loyal to his excuses.
Brees, the all-time NFL leader for feature and touchdown passes, sparked outrage earlier this week when he stated that those who protest racial injustice by kneeling for the national anthem “disrespect the flag”.
A tearful Jenkins, who returned to the Saints during the off-season, described Brees’ comments as “hurtful” and “unresponsive,” the quarterback later apologized and confessed he had “completely missed.” target “.
While his apologies were greeted by his colleagues at the Saints, Trump – a vocal critic of those, like Colin Kaepernick, who knelt down during the national anthem – suggested that Brees had been wrong to revert to his original views.
However, Brees later posted an Instagram note to Trump in which he reiterated “it’s not a problem with the American flag,” words that were praised by Jenkins.
“Drew, as much as your comments hurt me and so many other people, thank you for listening because being heard is a big part of it,” said Safety on his Instagram story.
Other prominent voices in the Saints’ locker room were also pleased to see Brees expressing regret for his original comments.
Former veteran defender Cameron Jordan wrote on Twitter: “My teammate has lowered the bar … paraphrasing @demario__davis”, apologies are a form of true leadership … that takes hold. “It is only through open dialogue and open hearts that we can broaden our understanding. and it is only with courage that we can create positive change! @drewbrees “.
Wide receiver Michael Thomas, Brees’ big catcher for the past four seasons, retweeted his teammate’s note and wrote, “MY QB.”