The wife of Saints Quarterback Drew Brees is apologizing following her husband’s apology for some comments he made in a recent interview.
As Christian Headlines previously reported, Drew Brees stated in an interview with Yahoo News that he would never agree with anyone “disrespecting the American flag” and that the national anthem “shows unity.”
Following the interview, Brees issued an apology Thursday morning that he “completely missed the mark” as he was blasted for his previous comments.
Amidst all backlash on Brees, others came to his defense such as famed NFL Coach Tony Dungy.
“I don’t downgrade Drew for that,” Dungy said, according to Faithwire. “That’s what he said. He may not totally understand. It may have been not exactly how he wanted to express it. But he can’t be afraid to say that.”
President Trump also addressed Brees’ remarks on Twitter in a word of criticism.
“I am a big fan of Drew Brees. I think he’s truly one of the greatest quarterbacks, but he should not have taken back his original stance on honoring our magnificent American Flag,” the president wrote.
“WE ARE THE PROBLEM,” Brittany stated in her opening words. “I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts.”
The apology also included quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. — “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends,” and, “Not only will we have to repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people.”
“I have read these quotes and scripture 1000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into my heart,” Brittany noted, while citing the Bible verse, “The Lord has told you what is good, and this is what he requires of you” (Micah 6:8).
“I think yes this is what it’s all about…” she said. “Only until the last few days, until we experienced the death threats we experienced the hate…”
Brittany added, “Did I realize that these words were speaking directly to us... how could anyone who knows us or has had interactions with us think that Drew or I have a racist bone in our body? But that’s the whole point.
“Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one another as God loves us,” she noted. “We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history.”
“We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman... and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love, be unbiased and with no prejudice,” she continued. “To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice.”
“Somehow as white Americans we feel like that checks the box of doing the right thing. Not until this week did Drew and I realize THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM.”, she wrote.
“To say ‘I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag’... I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is, I don’t understand what you’re fighting for, and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notions of what that flag means to us,” she added. “That’s the problem we are not listening, white America is not hearing.”
“We’re not actively LOOKING for racial prejudice,” she continued. “We have heard stories from men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that occurred in their lives ... stories that were never shared or talked about because somehow they were considered normal.”
Brittany then pledged, “To all of our friends and anyone we hurt…we will do better.”
“We want to do better, we want to HEAR you, and we will fight for you because thinking we are not part of the problem…is checking the box it means we are not doing enough. It’s our job to educate ourselves. We are sorry 🙏🏻,” she concluded.
Milton Quintanilla is a freelance writer. Visit his blog Blessed Are The Forgiven.