Drew Brees found himself in a sticky situation Wednesday when the Saints quarterback went on record with tone deaf comments saying that he’ll never agree with anyone who kneels before the flag in response to a question about NFL protests in the wake of George Floyd’s murder at the hands of police.
Another NFC South quarterback is now in the news regarding the same situation in another form.
Matt Ryan has donated $500,000 to a GoFundMe campaign aimed at advancing lives in the black community of Atlanta. The Falcons QB said he hopes to move that number to $2 million soon.
“Last week I made a commitment to listening and learning, and one of the messages that hit home for me was the difference between reacting to a situation and responding to a situation,” Ryan said in a statement. “For far too long, I have reacted to social injustice with empathy and silent support but failed to follow through with active support. I feel the time has come to RESPOND. For ALL of us to respond.
“I see my city hurting, which is why I’m starting a fundraiser to help improve conditions for people of color in the city of Atlanta. … Over the next few weeks, months I’m going to listen to the needs of the black community and get guidance on how I can be most impactful. I’m going to get input from local grassroots organizations as well as community leaders who are committed to making change.”
Ryan of course is the leader of the Falcons who reside in the city where major protests and rioting broke out in the wake of Floyd’s murder and the protests that ensued in the city of Minneapolis.
“My heart goes out to all of those who loved George Floyd, and all those who have been impacted by similar tragedies. I know that I cannot fully understand the depth and complexity of these issues because of the color of my skin, which is a sad testament to all of the work we have left to do. I know I am only one man, but I also know I am committed to doing what I can. That commitment includes listening and learning with all humility and compassion. It is the least I can do. IT is the least WE all can do.”