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Drew Brees condemns kneeling during anthem

Posted at 3:07 PM, Jun 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 00:19:02-04

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said during an interview today that kneeling during the national anthem is disrespectful to both the American flag and the United States.

During an interview with Yahoo Sports, Brees said he still believed players should stand during the anthem.

"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," Brees said. When seeing the flag during the anthem, "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. "So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that's what I think about. And in many cases, it brings me to tears thinking about all that has been sacrificed."

Brees' comments come as people across the country are protesting police brutality and racial injustice following the death of George Floyd.

Brees' comments drew a backlash on social media.

Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins responded to his teammates remarks, saying Brees is "part of the problem."

Read the whole story by NOLA.com

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