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Drew Brees: You Should Stand for Anthem, Look at Flag, Put Hand Over Heart

By Michael Morris | September 25, 2017 | 4:06pm EDT
Saints quarterback Drew Brees stands speaking to the press with his hand over his heart. (NOLA.com YouTube Screenshot)

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees addressed the media concerning President Trump’s statement on NFL players who kneel during the national anthem, saying: “But if you’re an American, I will always believe that we should be standing, showing respect to our flag with our hand over our heart.”

 “The national anthem and standing for the national anthem and looking at the flag with your hand over your heart is a unifying thing that should bring us all together and say, ‘You know what? We know that things are not where they should be, but we will continue to work and strive to make things better, to bring equality to all people: men, women, no matter what your race, creed religion – it doesn’t matter – equality for all,’ said Brees.

“But if you’re an American, then I will always believe that we should be standing, showing respect to our flag with our hand over our heart,” he said.

Brees’ comments, as reported by NOLA.com, came in response to President Donald Trump’s remarks about the NFL and players who kneel during the U.S. National Anthem. Following the Saints 34-13 victory over the Carolina Panthers, Brees addressed the media in asking, “Before we start, I’m just going to go ahead and answer the Trump question right now, okay?”

Below are Drew Brees’ remarks during his post-game press conference:

“Before we start, I’m just going to go ahead and answer the Trump question right now, okay?

“I disagree with what the President said and how he said it. I think it’s very unbecoming of the office of the President of the United States to talk like that to the great people like that.

“And obviously, he’s disappointing a lot of people.

“As far as the National Anthem protest, I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again—

“Well, let me say this first: Do I think that there is inequality in this country? Yes, I do. Do I think that there is racism? Yes, I do. I think there’s inequality for women, for women in the workplace. I think that there’s inequality for people of color, for minorities, for immigrants.

“But as it pertains to the National Anthem, I will always feel that if you are an American, that the National Anthem is the opportunity for us all to stand up together, to be unified and to show respect for our country, to show respect for what it stands for, the birth of our nation.

“We will—there will always be issues with our country. There will always be things that we’re battling, and we should all be striving to make those things better.

“But if the protest becomes that we’re going to sit down or kneel or not show respect to the flag of the United States of America and everything that it symbolizes and everything that it stands for and everything that our country has been through to get to this point, I do not agree with that.

“I feel like that is a unifying thing.

“The national anthem and standing for the national anthem and looking at the flag with your hand over your heart is a unifying thing that should bring us all together and say, ‘You know what? We know that things are not where they should be, but we will continue to work and strive to make things better, to bring equality to all people: men, women, no matter what your race, creed religion – it doesn’t matter – equality for all.’ But if you’re an American, then I will always believe that we should be standing, showing respect to our flag with our hand over our heart.”

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