Drew Brees

Brees Will Stand for Anthem, but Respects Those who Kneel

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he’ll remain standing for “The Star Spangled Banner,” but professed respect and support for those who protest racism and social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem.

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WATCH: Shannon Sharpe Decides Drew Brees Does Not Have to Retire After All

Drew Brees faced a torrent of criticism last week, after he said that kneeling during the national anthem was a sign of “disrespect” to the flag. Perhaps no one was quicker to voice their displeasure with the Saints signal-caller more than former Bronco and current FS1 host Shannon Sharpe, who even said that Brees should “retire” after making the comment.

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Drew Brees Responds to Trump: ‘This Is Not About the Flag’

Drew Brees addressed President Trump on Friday night after the president criticized him for backing down from his anthem stance. In a statement posted on Twitter, Brees told the president that the anthem protests were “not about the flag,” and that “we as a white community” need to listen and learn from the suffering of the “black communities.”

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