Brees said respecting the anthem is not just about showing respect for the military, but also for anyone who has sacrificed for this country, including those of the civil rights movement.
“And everything is fine with our country right now? No, it is not,” Brees said in the interview. “We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect for the flag with your hand over your heart is that it shows unity. It shows that we are all together in this, we can all do better, and that We’re all part of the solution “.
“You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?” James said in a tweet, referring to Colin Kaepernick. “It has absolutely nothing to do with disrespect for (the flag of the United States) and our soldiers.”
James continued to argue about his own father-in-law who was in the military, saying he never encountered Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem to protest police brutality, disrespectful, “because he and I both know what’s right is fine and what what’s wrong is wrong. “
Later, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers spoke, though he made no reference to Brees or his comments specifically.
Black players make up about 70% of the NFL. In 2018, the NFL passed a policy to fine players for kneeling during the anthem, which was made to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the U.S. USA The punishment associated with politics was later rejected, although the policy itself remained.