Many NFL players commented on Drew Brees’ remarks towards the flag, but at the end of the day, the opinions of his teammates will be all that matters.
Drew Brees was lit up on Twitter when he responded to a question asked to him. The question, which was asked by Yahoo! Finance, regarded his opinion on NFL players kneeling during the national anthem.
Brees, who has a platform unlike most as a future first-ballot Hall of Famer, saw some passionate responses from teammates Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara and many others.
However, it wasn’t just an internal response. LeBron James, Darius Slay, and many other stars took to their accounts to comment on what Brees said.
After going into his thought process and explaining what he meant and how he didn’t mean to hurt his fellow brothers, Brees’ teammates, primarily Demario Davis and Michael Thomas, accepted his apology.
That’s when many opinions split.
Malik Jackson, an Eagles defensive lineman, didn’t accept his apology while many Raiders have tweeted how they’re ready for the two team’s matchup. To be quite frank, the Saints organization really shouldn’t be overly bothered by how players not on the team respond to Brees’ apology.
His teammates know his character, his teammates saw he cares, and the world saw him stand up to President Donald Trump when Trump said the superstar quarterback shouldn’t have apologized after the initial backlash.
Their forgiveness and their ability to move on as a locker room is what matters, not necessarily what others around the league think.
When you have Terron Armstead passionately defending your quarterback and Michael Thomas running his best routes, this team will be a problem. As one unit standing united, this team seems like they’ll be playing some of their best football in 2020.
As it appears now, this locker room will be just fine, potentially stronger than before, and that certainly wasn’t something that seemed impossible a week ago. This team should return as one of the best in the NFL in 2020.