Brees said that respecting the anthem is not only an expression of respect for the military, but also for everyone who sacrificed for this country, including those in the civil rights movement.
“And is everything okay with our state right now? No, it’s not,” Brees said in an interview. “We still have a long way to go. But I think what you’re doing standing there and showing respect for the flag with your hand over your heart is unity. It shows that we’re all in this together, we can all do better and we’re all part of the solution. “
“You literally still don’t understand why Kap knelt on one knee ??” James said in a tweet, referring to Colin Kaepernick. “It has absolutely nothing to do with disrespecting (the United States flag) and our soldiers.”
James debated his mother-in-law who was in the military, saying he never found Kaepernick – who famously knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality – disrespectful, “because he and I know what’s good is okay and what’s It’s not right! “
Green Bay Packers striker Aaron Rodgers later spoke up – although he did not specifically refer to Brees or his comments.
Black players make up about 70% of the NFL. In 2018, the NFL adopted a policy of punishing players for kneeling during the anthem, which was done to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. The punishment associated with politics was later mixed, although politics remained.