Activist Killer Mike clapped back at New Orleans Saints’ Quarterback, Drew Brees after he made a comment about kneeling during the national anthem was “disrespecting the flag”.
In a recent interview with ESPN, Killer Mike stated that the flag is a representation that grants freedom speech.
“I would like to know what he considers disrespect because when I travel and perform in Germany, I don’t see a Nazi flag. I don’t see streets named for Nazis are a part of history that Germany understands was a cancer and corrupt, and ridded themselves of. Drew Brees plays in the deep south. As we travel through the South, we see the confederate flag everywhere and abounds…So of you’re gonna tell me about the flag and disrespecting the America flag, the fact that you live in a region that they still fly the rebel flag of the Confederate flag and you don’t adamantly speak against that on a regular basis just tells me you’re protecting the way of life or what you think is right”, she stated.
“Now, you bear the brunt of it. You may get blackballed out of the NFL. But you have the right to [protest]. So if you support and you don’t wanna see the American flag disrespected…be all the way with it. You’re an intelligent football player but that was an incredibly stupid thing to say”, he added.
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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.
After several videos and comments full of backlash, Drew Brees made a public apology about his comment on his Instagram. “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 captioned the picture.