Tony Dungy Explains Why Drew Brees ‘Can’t Be Afraid’ To Say What He Said About ‘Disrespecting The Flag’ During The National Anthem

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During an interview with Yahoo on Wednesday, Drew Brees was asked for his thoughts about kneeling during the national anthem. As part of his response, he explained that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country” before talking about what the American flag means to him.

Brees shared his opinion, his belief about a certain subject, and the majority of people disagreed with his comments. While it’s in people’s rights to ‘cancel’ Brees immediately and gravitate towards people like LeBron James, Stephen Jackson, and other celebrities and athletes ridiculing Brees, Tony Dungy insisted to remind everyone that Brees’ comments were, again, his opinion and that the QB can’t be ‘afraid’ to say what he said.

“We have to have Drew Brees saying what he said,” Dungy told The Pat McAfee Show. “I don’t downgrade Drew for that, that’s what he said. He may not totally understand, it may have been exactly the way he wanted to express it, but he can’t be afraid to say that and we can’t be afraid to say ‘ok, Drew, I don’t agree with you, but let’s talk about this.'”

“We can’t just say anytime something happens that we don’t agree with, ‘hey I’m done with that and I’m done with this person,’ that doesn’t make sense.”

On Thursday morning, Brees posted an apology to his Instagram where he clarified the statement he made on Wednesday emphasizing that he should be doing more listening than talking.

Related: Some Of Drew Brees’ Teammates Come To His Defense Following His ‘Disrespecting The Flag’ Comment


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