While President Donald Trump’s comments on NFL players who do not stand for the national anthem drew many polarized responses from both players and onlookers, Saints quarterback and Westlake football alum Drew Brees had a different take on the issue.
Meeting with media after a Sunday victory, NBC sports reports, Brees said he disagrees with both Trump and his fellow players who kneeled during the anthem.
Here are Brees’ comments in full:
“I disagree with what the President said and how he said it. I think it’s very unbecoming of the office of the President of the United States to talk like that, to the great people like that, and, obviously, he’s disappointing a lot of people. Let me say this first – do I think that there’s inequality in this country? Yes, I do. Do I think that there’s racism? Yes, I do. I think there’s inequality for women in the workplace; I think there’s inequality for people of color, for minorities, for immigrants. If the protest becomes we’re going to sit down or kneel or not show respect to the flag of the United States of America and everything it symbolizes and everything it stands for, everything our country has stood for to get to this point, I do not agree with that. I feel like that is a unifying thing.”
Brees also told the media that he has had “candid” conversations with teammates about the issues before and plans to do the same after Sunday.