New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has thrust himself into the spotlight of criticism after his statement concerning kneeling during the national anthem. Brees has received a significant amount of backlash for his comments that lacked an understanding or awareness of the situation that hasn’t seen his point of view on the matter chatter over the last few years. It has put the Saints quarterback in a tough spot in recovering from the damage he has done to his image and reputation with his peers in the world of sports. It may also put Brees in a position where his future job with NBC Sports could be in jeopardy.
Drew Brees’ comments about kneeling
Just over a week since the brutal and disappointing death of George Floyd, it has created a strong pushback toward the unfair and harsh treatment minorities, especially the black community, continue to deal with daily.
With that in mind, the question about possible kneeling during the 2020 season was posed to Drew Brees during a recent interview, to which he responded by stating he would never listen to anybody that kneels. In his eyes, that is deemed as disrespecting the flag of the United States and the many members of the military that have fought for this country.
He also voiced that he believed that everyone should stand as it would show unity and be a part of the solution. It didn’t take long for Brees to face criticism for his statement that lacked any touch of what many minorities have dealt with over the years and continue to do with concerning racial inequality, especially through treatment with the justice system.
Many of his peers in the NFL and outside, such as LeBron James, pointed out that Brees’ stance has no awareness or understanding. Beyond that, it could also put Brees another tight spot with a job at NBC Sports.
Could it cost Drew Brees his job with NBC Sports?
The fallout from Drew Brees’ comments has put him in a rough spot that significantly damaged his public image.
Although Brees has quickly apologized for his stance on kneeling, the repercussions of his words could see him lose out his upcoming postcareer move. Before he declared he would return for the 2020 season, the 41-year-old had shifted through the media to see what opportunities could be in front of him as a potential broadcaster for the NFL. Brees settled in on working out a deal with NBC Sports that will give him a position once he retires.
The plan with that contract is that he would be groomed as a possible replacement for Cris Collinsworth on Sunday Night Football. In the wake of his comments, it’s hard to ignore that potentially harming his chances to take that position.
It has shined a significant negative light over him and could create much backlash toward hiring him. There hasn’t been any criticism regarding that situation yet, but it’s something that could become a prominent discussion.
Brendan Leispic’s situation could shed some light
Drew Brees has put himself in a difficult position of having to navigate through the criticism for his insensitive comments.
There may not be much in the way of him potentially losing a job that he hasn’t even started, but it’s hard not to envision that it couldn’t impact him in that regard. There is plenty of negative feedback in his direction, and it’s hard to believe that it will wane to the point where it would significantly affect his image and reputation in his life.
Although it’s a different sport and topic entirely, former Washington Capitals left wing Brendan Leipsic lost his job with the team after it was revealed that he made several disparaging and misogynistic comments at women and their appearances. It quickly saw him let go by the Capitals only a couple days after the remarks became public back in early May.
The two situations have entirely different circumstances, but it does show that the business side of sports is more about the bottom line. NBC Sports could go that route as well if they view this situation in a similar light.