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Drew Brees Comments Have Raiders Circling Week 2 Matchup

In today’s ultra hot racial climate, Drew Brees statement on taking a knee and his racial insensitivity has made the Allegiant Stadium opener for the Las Vegas Raiders, must see tv.

Quite frankly this is one of the most tone deaf statements we have seen in a long time. The popular method of discrediting the message of Colin Kaepernick was to accuse him of disrespecting the flag and the National Anthem. The Star Spangled Banner, contains an omitted verse which is highly racially charged. The purpose of Kaepernick taking a knee was to peacefully protest without attempting to draw attention to himself.

Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless had a poignant conversation, and addressed the comments Brees made.

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Raiders: Dissension in the ranks?

In a nutshell, Brees is speaking his mind and his reality. Unfortunately, his reality is in opposition to the struggle of his teammates and people of color. In this particular moment, Brees has created a rift between some of his teammates. Malcolm Jenkins, in a heartfelt expression of feelings advised Brees sometimes he needs to STFU.

Brees has been the unquestioned leader of the Saints for the last 14 years. Through Hurricane Katrina, he has been a pillar in the New Orleans landscape. Is it possible that he just completely missed the mark, yes, can he come back from this? Hard to say. Even one of his former players weighed in on Brees’ comments.

People are upset, and at the ripe old age of 41 it’s clear this will be Brees last season in the league. Sean Payton, the New Orleans Saints head coach, has already stated he views Taysom Hill as a franchise quarterback. As a safety blanket the Saints signed veteran quarterback and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Jameis Winston.

Usually accurate, Brees completely misses the mark

The tone deafness of his comments, and inability to see the bigger picture past his own reality, is under fire from people everywhere. Athletes across the sporting landscape have brought taken issue with Brees’ statement and are attempting to hold him accountable to what he said.

Raiders: The apology

Brees has committed many charitable acts in the city of New Orleans. He has given to the black community on different occasions. All of his charitable works can not be undone by this single statement no matter how tone deaf. While the apology statement reeks of PR doing damage control, he is being held accountable publicly. He vowed to be better. Yet, didn’t amend his comments.

Greetings from Mullen Island

Brees comments have caused a ripple effect to carry through the league and players have a renewed focus for playing the Saints. In what was already a big game for the freshly minted Las Vegas Raiders, it has now become even bigger for some of the younger guys.

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