New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees said while he agrees with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick’s protest, he isn’t happy with Kapernick refusing to stand for the national anthem.
In a story on ESPN.com, Brees made it clear he has no issue with Kapernick wanting to make a statement against racial injustices. But he thinks Kaepernick sitting down during the national anthem is disrespectful to the American flag.
Brees went to Twitter to reaffirm his stance — on Kaepernick’s right to protest and for how he felt about the QB’s method. He said it’s an oxymoron to disrespect a flag that has given everyone the freedom of speech.
On this issue: I agree with his protest, I DON'T agree w his METHOD. Read the article. I said it three times https://t.co/nrZ2b0GMDg
— Drew Brees (@drewbrees) August 30, 2016
“The great thing about this country is that we have the freedoms that allow you to speak out openly about any issue. So I’m not commenting on the issue itself because any person has the right to speak out on any issue they want. That’s the great thing about being an American. But the American flag is what represents those freedoms. It represents the very freedom that Colin Kaepernick gets the opportunity to exercise by speaking out his opinion in a peaceful manner about that issue. …
In his four seasons at Purdue (1997-2000), Brees passed for a school-record 11,792 yards while throwing 90 TDs and 45 INTs.
Brees isn’t the only Big Ten connection to talk about the Kaepernick protest. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was asked about it on Monday.