The New Orleans Saints’ organization might want to do everything possible to keep the rift between future Hall of Fame quarterback Drew Brees and his teammates private, but the players apparently are not having it.
Drew Brees’ interview and backlash
Earlier in the week, Brees indicated in an interview that he believes those using the national anthem as a way to protest police brutality and racial injustice are being disrespectful.
The comments were largely seen as tone-deaf just over a week after an unarmed African-American man by the name of George Floyd was murdered by a then-Minneapolis police officer.
Saints players speak out on Drew Brees
Now comes this opinion from Saints linebacker Demario Davis. While he doesn’t specifically call out Mr. Brees, Davis takes a shot at those who are aligned with the quarterback when it comes to national anthem protests.
Laura Ingraham’s comments about Brees and LeBron James
Specifically, the veteran linebacker is going after conservative Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she indicated that Brees has a right to a platform. This comes after the divisive television personality previously told LeBron James and others around the NBA to “shut up and dribble.” The optics are insane.
New Orleans Saints 2020 season
More than anything, it’s going to be interesting to see how this turns out from a pure football perspective.
If the 2020 NFL season starts on time amid the ongoing pandemic, it seems highly likely that several players will take part in pre-game protests. That will include some Saints players. How will Brees react and what could it mean for a Saints team that’s right up there with the San Francisco 49ers as the favorite to win the NFC?