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.
“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.”
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.”
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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