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Tags: drew brees | kneeling | nfl | protest | flag | national anthem

Trump: Brees Shouldn't Apologize for Respecting 'Old Glory'

new orleans saints quarterback drew brees kneels during last winter's playoff game
New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees (Butch Dill/AP)

By    |   Friday, 05 June 2020 06:10 PM

President Trump tweeted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees should not have apologized for saying he thought players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality are "disrespecting the flag."

Trump tweeted:

"I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he's truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag. OLD GLORY is to be revered, cherished, and flown high."

Trump continued in an ensuing tweet:

"We should be standing up straight and tall, ideally with a salute, or a hand on heart. There are other things you can protest, but not our Great American Flag - NO KNEELING!"

Trump's tweets come after interview where Brees said anyone who kneeled was "disrespecting the flag." 

"Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States," Brees said. "I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place."

Other pro athletes criticized Brees for the comments, saying they were tone deaf in the wake of the protests surrounding the death of George Floyd, a black man who died while an officer kneeled on his neck.

Brees later walked back the comments, saying he "would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community, and anyone I hurt," adding his views were "insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now."

He continued: "They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character."

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President Trump tweeted New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees should not have apologized for saying he thought players who kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality are "disrespecting the flag."
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