Brees' anthem comments draw backlash from teammates, others

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Posted at 6:03 AM, Jun 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-04 06:03:49-04

NEW ORLEANS — Drew Brees is being sharply criticized by fellow high-profile athletes, including some of his own teammates, after the Saints quarterback reiterated his opposition to kneeling during the national anthem.

Brees made his comments during a Yahoo interview in which he was asked to revisit former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s 2016 protest of police brutality against minorities.

Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem before games. Brees says he'll “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States.”

Saints wide receiver Micheal Thomas who has always had on-field chemistry with Brees responded on Twitter.

He don’t know no better,” Thomas initially said.

Thomas later added: “We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that.”

Brees has said he supports people protesting police brutality but that the national anthem is not proper forum for that.