New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees formally apologized on Thursday morning for saying that kneeling during the national anthem shows disrespect to the American military -- much to the consternation of many Trump supporters.
In an Instagram post, Brees said he shouldn’t have called the anthem protests disrespectful to the American military, and he acknowledged that they are actually about protesting the treatment black Americans receive at the hands of law enforcement officials.
Many Trump fans in Brees's Twitter replies, however, encouraged the Saints quarterback to stay the course and continue criticizing teammates who kneel during the anthem.
Check out some reactions below.
@drewbrees Weak dude.........bullied into submission.— 🦑Release_The_Kraken🦑 (@🦑Release_The_Kraken🦑)1591274417.0
@drewbrees NO! DO NOT BOW DOWN TO THEM! #IStandWithDrewBrees #WhoDat— Beverly (New account. Who dis?) (@Beverly (New account. Who dis?))1591273410.0
@drewbrees And there it is @wilbzs, he caved to the mob. They’ll never forgive him regardless but now he backed dow… https://t.co/S7T4LorR3s— Logan (@Logan)1591273664.0
@drewbrees You shouldn’t have to apologize... it’s your right to speak what you feel!— Debra Purman (@Debra Purman)1591273482.0
@drewbrees You have nothing to apologize for Drew!— Phillip Guillory (@Phillip Guillory)1591273444.0
@drewbrees You shouldn’t have to apologize for respecting your country, Drew. Your comments were fine. And it’s oka… https://t.co/DJT9VBMxRt— Bradley Scott 🙏🇺🇸 (@Bradley Scott 🙏🇺🇸)1591275314.0
@drewbrees @AndrewBogusch How disappointing that a good man can't express an extremely non-controversial opinion wi… https://t.co/nx1TU8zfHx— Steven Seagull (@Steven Seagull)1591273515.0