Killer Mike Claps Back At Drew Brees Over His Flag Comment

Killer Mike Claps Back At Drew Brees Over His Flag Comment

“You’re protecting the way of life or what you think is right.”

Published June 4th

Written by BET Staff

Killer Mike shut down NFL star Drew Brees’ comments after he reiterated that he felt kneeling during the national anthem was “disrespecting the flag.” 

The Run the Jewels rapper succinctly pointed out what he thought were the fallacies behind the New Orleans quarterback’s line of thinking during an appearance on ESPN’s Jalen & Jacoby.

  1. “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,” Killer Mike noted. 

    He continued, “Drew Brees plays in the Deep South. As we travel through the South, we see the Confederate flag everywhere and abounds...So if you’re gonna tell me about the flag and disrespecting the American 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.”

  2. Killer Mike highlighted that the American flag is a symbolic representation of the First Amendment, which grants citizens freedom of speech.

    “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.

     “The United States Constitution was written by a bunch of people who chose to protest violently in order to have a flag,” Mike continued. “They chose to rebel against a monarchy in order to stop being subjects of that monarchy. So what you interpret as disrespect is probably the most patriotic thing happening today.”

     

  3. Following widespread backlash, Brees has since apologized for his remarks in a lengthy letter posted to Instagram, writing “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.”

    The Super Bowl XLIV champion continued in the post, “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.” 

    Read the rest of Drew Brees’ statement below:

     

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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.

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