Drew Brees national anthem comments
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees remains in a tight spot after comments he made earlier in the week indicating that those who kneel during the national anthem as a way to protest are showing disrespect.

Brees’ comments come at a time in the United States that race-based division is creating a widening gap between certain sectors of society. They also come after an African-American man by the name of George Floyd was murdered by the police in Minneapolis last week.

Drew Brees’ comments

Brees pretty much just followed up on what he said back in 2016 at the start of the Colin Kaepernick-led national anthem protests. Though, we’re now at a vastly different time in this nation’s history with protests breaking out in every major city and a country on edge.

Since Brees made these comments on Wednesday, he’s faced backlash from former teammates, current teammates and one fellow future Hall of Fame quarterback. He’s since issued an apology.

Saints running back Alvin Kamara responds

Pretty much the face of the Saints’ franchise with Brees and star wide receiver Michael Thomas, this Pro Bowl running back released a statement on Thursday. It was as passionate as it was eye-opening. It’s something Brees and others within the majority should listen to.

That’s one personal experience among millions that the African-American community is dealing with right now. It’s a centuries-old issue of racism that has plagued this nation since its inception.

Like others, Kamara is simply asking that we listen. It’s an important message, one that Kamara displayed passionately, peacefully and without any real divisiveness.