PONTIFICATING FROM THE SUNSHINE STATE – JUNE 9
By Leo Haggerty
YOU DON’T MATTER
First of all, and I will start EVERY article with this paragraph, sports pales in comparison with what is occurring with the Coronavirus. Hopefully, the columns that I, and the rest of our correspondents, provide you is a momentary escape from the trials and tribulations that Americans, and the rest of the world’s population, are experiencing. The COVID-19 is not a video game that you can press reset and get a new life. This is real and dangerous so, above all, be prudent and stay safe.
Ok, let’s get the facts out of the way, shall we? Yes, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made a statement that dealt with the protest that occurred during the National Anthem. Yes, it was his opinion. Yes, the timing of his comments about “disrespecting the flag” couldn’t have been worse. Yes, he needed to apologize for not realizing, as teammate Malcom Jenkins stated, “how hurtful, how insensitive your comments are.”
Brees apologized profusely and on more than one occasion. He admitted that his earlier comments were “insensitive and completely missed the mark. 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.”
Now, here comes the part that is distressing to me. I’ve heard some members of the national media come out and publicly state that they have not accepted his apology.
Do you really think the 19-year veteran cares one iota about any conclusion that the members of the media have concocted? I think not and here’s why.
The only feelings that #9 is concerned with are the players and coaches as well as administrators plus employees at the Saints facility along with family members. Anyone outside of that group is so far out on the periphery they are not on the same planet.
With that being said, let me send this memo to the media. Whether you accept Drew’s apology or not is inconsequential.
What you think simply doesn’t matter. So, deal with it and move on.