President Donald Trump then intervened and said Brees should never give up on his comments.
“He shouldn’t have taken his original position on paying homage to our magnificent American flag,” Trump tweeted. “THE OLD HEAD should be respected, nurtured and flown high …”
Brees then took to Instagram saying that “we can no longer use the flag to distract or distract people from the real problems our black communities are facing”.
“Through my ongoing conversations with friends, teammates and leaders in the black community, I realized that this is not a problem with the American flag. It never was,” Brees wrote in a post. “We can no longer use the flag to distract or distract people from the real problems facing our black communities.”
These problems, Brees said, included systematic racial injustice, economic oppression, police brutality, and judicial and prison reform.
“We as a white community must listen and learn from the pain and suffering of our black communities,” Brees wrote. “We need to identify problems, identify solutions and initiate it. The black community can’t do it alone. We’ll need everyone for that.”