Drew Brees sent social media into a whirlwind Wednesday when the Saints QB gave his thoughts on National Anthem protests in the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of police.
During the interview with Yahoo Fiannace, Brees noted that he “wont agree” with anyone who kneels for the anthem, regardless of what they’re protesting.
LeBron James and Richard Sherman were just some of the big names around the sports world to call out Brees, who were joined even by Brees’ own teammates. Brees’ RB Alvin Kamara, WR Michael Thomas and even new teammates Emmanuel Sanders and Malcolm Jenkins all voiced their feelings back at their QB following his comments, with a tearful Jenkins even telling him to “shut the f*ck up”.
This video of Malcom Jenkins telling Drew Brees to shut the f*ck up is everything… pic.twitter.com/YX1TEskLVn
— Kai 🏈🎄 (@kaistradamus) June 3, 2020
Jenkins deleted the original Instagram video after stating that it would be more about the headlines, posting this powerful, longer video in place of it, saying he “wants people to understand how those of us [are] struggling with what’s going on.”
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As I was trying to muster up the energy and find the words to address Drew Brees’s comments I recorded this video. Before I could post it, Drew reached out to me to discuss his point of view. All in all, I’m still posting this video because it’s important for anyone who wants to consider themself an ally to know how these words and actions affect those who you want to help. Drew’s words during his interview were extremely painful to hear and I hope he rectifies them with real action.
Jenkins has been a leader in the movement Colin Kaepernick started to bring awareness to racial oppression and police brutality, once holding up signs during a locker room interview, stating that those criticizing anthem protests “aren’t listening”.
It seems like some still aren’t.