President Trump on Friday reentered the fray over NFL gamers protesting police brutality by kneeling throughout the Nationwide Anthem — knocking New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees for apologizing and demanding there be “NO KNEELING!” throughout the “Star-Spangled Banner.”
“I’m an enormous fan of Drew Brees. I believe he’s really one of many best quarterbacks, however he shouldn’t have taken again his authentic stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown excessive,” Trump tweeted.
”We ought to be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on coronary heart. There are different issues you may protest, however not our Nice American Flag — NO KNEELING!”
Brees stated Wednesday that kneeling throughout the Nationwide Anthem was “disrespecting the flag” — although he soon apologized after taking warmth for his remarks from gamers, activists and others for making the assertion after the demise of George Floyd.
“I do know there’s not a lot that I may say that might make issues any higher proper now,” Brees stated in an Instagram video.
“However I simply need you to see in my eyes how sorry I’m for the feedback that I made yesterday. I do know they harm many individuals, particularly mates, teammates, former teammates, family members, those that I care and respect deeply,” he continued.
“I want I might have laid out what was on my coronary heart regarding the George Floyd homicide, Ahmaud Arbery, the years and years of social injustice, police brutality and the necessity for a lot reform and alter with regard to laws and so many different issues to carry equality to our black communities,” Brees stated, referring to a different African-American man who was killed whereas jogging by a former legislation enforcement official in Georgia.
“I’m sorry, and I’ll do higher, and I shall be a part of the answer. And I’m your ally. I do know no phrases will try this justice, that’s going to must be [earned].”
Trump’s tweets got here because the nation remained mired in a bitter controversy over race and police brutality following Floyd’s demise by the hands of Minneapolis cops, a killing that sparked widespread protests.
Trump has been lashing out at NFL gamers and different athletes for kneeling throughout the anthem since then-San Francisco 49ers’ QB Colin Kaepernick began the development throughout the 2016 preseason.
“Wouldn’t you like to see one in every of these NFL house owners, when any individual disrespects our flag, to say, ‘Get that son of a bitch off the sphere proper now. Out! He’s fired. He’s fired!’” Trump said in Alabama in 2017.
Kaeperneck remained on the bench throughout the third preseason sport, however started kneeling throughout the fourth after talking with former NFL participant and ex-Inexperienced Beret Nate Boyer advised him it might present extra respect to members of the army.
However the quarterback was quickly bounced from the league and has not performed since — although dozens of different NFL gamers have adopted his lead and proceed to kneel throughout the anthem.