Dan Wetzel, at Yahoo Sports, writing about the New Orleans Saints starting quarterback and resident fool, Drew Brees:
What Brees said on Wednesday wasn’t much different than what he said in 2016.
“I wholeheartedly disagree [with the kneeling],” Brees told ESPN then. “… There’s plenty of other ways that you can [protest] in a peaceful manner that doesn’t involve being disrespectful to the American flag.”
A lot of players shared similar sentiments, including African American players. There was little to no backlash from their peers. It was rare for more than a few players of any color on a single team to take a knee.
That even included when, in 2017, Trump called any kneeling player a “son of a bitch” and elicited the most unified response. Even team owners, many of whom are donors and supporters of Trump, linked arms with players or briefly kneeled in a show of solidarity.
After teammates such as Malcolm Jenkins (I’m still mad he’s not in Philadelphia anymore) and other famed athletes, including LeBron James rightfully ripped Brees, he took to Instagram to apologize. Hilariously, he owned himself again by using what seems to be a very popular stock image. My head hurts.