Breeze said respecting the anthem is not just about showing respect for the military, but also for anyone who sacrificed for this country, including those in the civil rights movement.
Press said in the interview: “Is everything okay with our country now? No, not.” “We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect for the science in your hand over your heart, is that it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all be better, and that we are all part of the solution.”
“You literally still don’t understand why Cap was kneeling on one knee ??” James said in a tweet, referring to Colleen Kaepernick. “It has absolutely nothing to do with disrespecting (the flag of the United States) and our soldiers.”
James went to discuss his wife’s father who was in the military, saying that he had never found Kaipernick – who was famous during the national anthem protesting police brutality – disrespectful, “because I and I know what is true and what is wrong!”
Later, Green Bay Packers midfielder Aaron Rodgers spoke – although he did not specifically mention Brees or his comments.
Black players make up about 70% of the National Football League. In 2018, the National Football Association passed a policy to fine players for kneeling during the anthem, which was done to protest police brutality and racial injustice in the United States. The policy-related punishment was later fixed, although the policy itself still remains.