U.S. President Donald Trump “forced black athletes to take action” with kneeling protest, says New Orleans saints quarterback Drew Brees.
LONDON, ENGLAND, UK (SEPTEMBER 27, 2017) (REUTERS) – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees said on Wednesday (September 27) that U.S. President Donald Trump left black athletes very little choice but to protest at NFL games last weekend.
Trump ramped up his fight with the National Football League on Tuesday, calling on the league to ban players from kneeling in protest at games while the U.S. national anthem is played.
This came after a weekend of games where hundreds of NFL players and owners knelt during the U.S. national anthem.
Trump first berated the players last Friday, telling a political rally in Alabama that any protesting player was a “son of a bitch” who should be fired, and urged a boycott of NFL games, touching off protests by dozens of players, coaches and some owners before games on Sunday.
Brees, who himself didn’t kneel during the last game against the Carolina Panthers, said he understood the reasons behind the protests and said that Trump has “put all athletes, all black athletes, all minority athletes, he put them in a corner and he forced them to take action” with his comments.
Brees also said he and his team-mates were looking for an appropriate show of unity this coming weekend when they take on the Miami Dolphins in London.