When New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees responded to a question about the NFL’s response to players potentially kneeling once again this season to protest racial injustice and police brutality – as Colin Kaepernick and others have done, starting in 2016 – he probably didn’t expect the reaction on social media to resemble an all-out blitz.
But as Brees turned the question into a debate about patriotism and the national anthem, saying he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America,” the reaction from fellow athletes was almost universally negative.
NBA star LeBron James retweeted a snippet of the interview with Yahoo Finance and criticized Brees for missing the point of Kaepernick’s protest and the civil unrest that’s currently taking place.
Though they didn’t mention Brees by name, New Orleans Saints teammates, such as running back Alvin Kamara (“oop…”) and wide receiver Michael Thomas (“He don’t know no better”) both seemed to express their disapproval.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs retweeted the interview with a facepalm emoji and the words “… This ain’t it.”
Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Darius Slay: “Damn, Drew hurt me with that one!!”
And San Francisco 49ers defensive back Richard Sherman posted a commentary of his own, calling Brees “beyond lost.”