Michael Thomas accepts apology from Drew Brees
New Orleans Saints wide receiver Michael Thomas didn’t agree with what quarterback and teammate Drew Brees said regarding kneeling during the national anthem in an interview with Yahoo Finance. However, Thomas has forgiven Brees for those comments.
Thomas wasn’t pleased with Brees on Wednesday, when the quarterback said that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” Shortly after those comments, Thomas fired off two tweets, saying “We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that.”
The other tweet stated “He don’t know no better.”
On Thursday morning, Brees issued an apology that he posted to his Instagram account. After the quarterback clarified his statements, Thomas forgave him.
“One of my brothers made a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with,” Thomas wrote on Twitter. “He apologized and I accept it because that’s what we are taught to do as Christians. Now back to the movement! #GeorgeFloyd.”
One of my brothers made a public statement yesterday that I disagreed with. He apologized & I accept it because that’s what we are taught to do as Christians. Now back to the movement! #GeorgeFloyd
— Michael Thomas (@Cantguardmike) June 4, 2020
Below is the apology Brees posted to his Instagram account:
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.