Drew Brees posted a lengthy apology to Instagram Thursday, one day after he made “insensitive” remarks about those who have controversially taken a knee during the national anthem.
The New Orleans Saints quarterback said it “breaks my heart” to know his words caused “pain” for his “friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community.”
“I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country,” he said. “They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.”
On Wednesday, during an interview with Yahoo! Finance, Brees said he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
He said it’s critical for all Americans to stand for “The Star-Spangled Banner” out of respect for the military, those who fought for civil rights in the 1960s, as well as “all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.”
In his post walking back those comments, Brees wrote:
I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.
I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.
I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.
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