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Drew Brees' wife Brittany says family received death threats over protesting, flag comments

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Saints quarterback Drew Brees was the target of a number of valid complaints following comments he made during an interview with Yahoo Finance.

When asked how he'd feel about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts," Brees responded in part, "I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” These comments drew fair criticisms from people all across sports and beyond. As LeBron James put it, "You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?"

Brees has since posted a pair of statements as a fallout from his comments. His first was an apology and his second was a message to Donald Trump

MORE: ESPN's Maria Taylor delivers passionate response to Drew Brees' apology

Brees' wife, Brittany, also released a lengthy statement in which she says her family received death threats over the comments made by the Saints quarterback. Brittany Brees released her statement through the Brees Dream Foundation's Instagram account.

She posted quotes from Martin Luther King Jr. as the image that read, "In the end we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends" and "Not only will we repent for the sins of bad people; but we also will have to repent for the appalling silence of good people."

Reacting to these quotes, Brittany Brees wrote:

We are the problem. I write this with tears in my eyes and I hope you all hear our hearts. I have read these quotes and scripture 1,000 times and every time I read it and the words sink into my heart. I think yes this is what it’s all about. Only until the last few days, until we experienced the death threats we experienced the hate. Did I realize that these words were speaking directly to us. How could anyone who knows us or has had interactions with us think that Drew or I have a racist bone in our body?

But that’s the whole point. Somehow we as white America, we can feel good about not being racist, feel good about loving one another as God loves us. We can feel good about educating our children about the horrors of slavery and history. We can read books to our children about Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Hank Aaron, Barack Obama, Rosa Parks, Harriet Tubman and feel like we are doing our part to raise our children to love, be unbiased and with no prejudice. To teach them about all of the African Americans that have fought for and risked their lives against racial injustice. Somehow as white Americans we feel like that checks the box of doing the right thing.

Not until this week did Drew and I realize THAT THIS IS THE PROBLEM. To say, “I don’t agree with disrespecting the flag" I now understand was also saying I don’t understand what the problem really is, I don’t understand what you’re fighting for and I’m not willing to hear you because of our preconceived notion‘s of what that flag means to us. That’s the problem, we are not listening, white America is not hearing. We’re not actively LOOKING for racial prejudice.

We have heard stories from men and women we have known and loved for years about the racism that occurred in their lives, stories that were never shared or talked about because somehow they were considered normal. To all of our friends and anyone we hurt, we will do better. We want to do better, we want to HEAR you, and we will fight for you because thinking we are not part of the problem is checking the box it means we are are not doing enough. It’s our job to educate ourselves. We are sorry.

A post shared by Brees Dream Foundation (@breesdreamfoundation) on Jun 5, 2020 at 1:55pm PDT

Drew Brees has mostly been forgiven for his comments. Some of his teammates, such as Michael Thomas and Demario Davis, were critical of Brees after his initial comments, but have since posted messages of forgiveness.

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