New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is expected to play one more season before heading into a cushy television job. But the events over the last two days is already putting a major damper on his final year.
On Wednesday, Brees was talking about players taking a knee during the national anthem and said he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United State of America.” That was deemed insensitive or even inappropriate given the current racial situation in the U.S. right now. Brees was widely criticized, including by high profiles teammates, Michael Thomas and Malcolm Jenkins.
Today, Brees issued an apologized on his Instagram (source ESPN).
“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,” Brees wrote. “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.”
Saints +490 to win the NFC
The Saints are +490 odds to win the NFC at the Winning Poker Network sportsbooks. That ranks second behind San Francisco (+381) and just ahead of division rival Tampa Bay (+575).
I’m not usually one who thinks that off-the-field issues have a big impact on the actual play, but this is a different circumstance. Brees could have some of his teammates leery of him all season, especially with them knowing that Brees is retiring soon.
I’m staying away from the Saints right now at these +490 odds.