Malcolm Jenkins fires back at Drew Brees, explains why kneeling comments crossed the line
Former Purdue and current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has received an incredible amount of backlash over the last day after recent comments regarding players in the NFL potentially kneeling during the national anthem. Several teammates and other players in the league have spoken out against Brees, but it’s Saints defensive back Malcolm Jenkins who had the most powerful response.
Jenkins responded to Brees’s comments about kneeling during the national anthem on Wednesday with an incredibly insightful and moving video on social media. In the video, Jenkins explained why Brees’s comment that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”
“If you don’t understand how hurtful, how insensitive your comments are, you’re part of the problem,” Jenkins said in the video.
Below is the full video Jenkins released (Warning: strong langauge):
I recorded a few videos when thinking of how to respond to Drew Brees, I don’t take any of it back-I meant what I said-I removed the 1st video because I knew it be more about the headlines. I want people to understand how those of us struggling with what’s going on feel pic.twitter.com/T054qt0YEz
— Malcolm Jenkins (@MalcolmJenkins) June 3, 2020
Thursday morning, Brees issued an apology regarding his comments while talking with Yahoo Finance. The quarterback posted his apology on Instagram:
I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused.
In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.
This is where I stand:
I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference.
I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today.
I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community.
I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement.
I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right.
I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy.
I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen.
For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.