New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has found himself on the receiving end of significant backlash for his comments concerning kneeling during the national anthem. It has put a tremendous level of criticism directed toward him due to his insensitive stance that showed a lack of awareness and understanding of the entire decision to kneel, to begin with, that had nothing to do with the flag. Among the intense backlash that the Saints quarterback has faced came from Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe, who voiced on Thursday morning that the 41-year-old may have to consider retiring from the NFL.
Drew Brees’ comments concerning kneeling
Drew Brees cast himself in a tight spot after he decided to air his opinion on kneeling during the national anthem publicly.
Brees made it a point to clarify that he would never agree with someone that chose to kneel while also emphasizing the belief that standing with your hand over his heart shows unity and brings the country closer to the solution. It didn’t take long for him to get a significant amount of backlash from all over the sports world beyond the NFL.
That saw his teammates Michael Thomas, Malcolm Jenkins, and Cam Jordan all voice their displeasure with the comments. Meanwhile, other prominent sports figures such as LeBron James aired out his strong sentiments against the stance that Brees decided to take. It didn’t stop there as an NFL Hall of Famer has suggested that he may have to retire after this situation.
Shannon Sharpe believes Drew Brees may have to retire
Drew Brees’ comments have taken center stage in the sports world, which is the central topic of various sports talk shows in the day that has followed.
That includes Fox Sports’ Undisputed as Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe had many enlightening comments about Brees’ stance that he concluded that the 41-year-old might have to consider retirement.
“Brees still just doesn’t seem to get it. He issued an apology, but it’s meaningless. The guys know that he spoke his heart the very first time around. “I don’t know what Drew is gonna do, but he probably should just go ahead and retire now, It will never be the same. Take it from a guy who’s been a leader in the locker room for a number of years. At every step, I’ve been the leader in the locker room. What he said, they will never look at him the same. It wasn’t what he said, it’s how he said it. It was the fire. I will NEVER respect the man.”
There is much credence to what Sharpe had to stay as he has first-hand experience being a leader in various locker rooms throughout his NFL career. Beyond that, he’s an African-American man, which gives him an entirely different perspective that Brees would have on this matter. Yes, he has apologized for his initial comments, but those are ones that showcase his honest and real feelings about the subject.
Brees has a significant hill to climb with his teammates, colleagues around the league, and the general public concerning this issue.
Will Drew Brees consider retirement?
The thought of retirement likely isn’t in Drew Brees’ mind at this moment, but it’s a scenario that is on the table.
Brees will more than likely shift focus over to starting to mend the fences with those that have been hurt and disappointed by his stance and remarks. He has potentially forever damaged his reputation and image that could lead to those always holding disdain toward him.
It should bring forth a moment of realization and the push for internal change on his behalf to understand and embrace what minorities, especially the black community, have to endure with many racial injustices they face daily constantly. There is no telling if Brees will ever recover from these comments, but it’s a life-changing moment hopefully for the better.