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Drew Brees se disculpa por sus insensibles comentarios en contra de arrodillarse en el himno

Drew Brees es uno de los jugadores veteranos más reconocidos en la NFL
Drew Brees es uno de los jugadores veteranos más reconocidos en la NFL / Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Drew Brees no esperó mucho para pedir perdón por sus palabras sobre la protesta de arrodillarse durante el himno nacional, que inició Colin Kaepernick en la NFL y que le costó su salida de la liga.

El quarterback de los New Orleans Saints dijo que no estaba de acuerdo con los que ponían la rodilla en tierra, de manera simbólica, para expresar su repudio contra la brutalidad policial a los afroamericanos.

Este comentario de Brees provocó el rechazo de una parte importante de las estrellas del deporte en Estados Unidos, incluyendo a LeBron James.

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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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"Hice comentarios insensibles y perdí completamente el rumbo de los problemas que enfrentamos ahora como país", dice parte de la declaración del atleta.

"Estoy del lado de la comunidad negra en la pelea contra el sistema racial, la injusticia y la brutalidad policial. Apoyo la creación de un cambio político real que haga la diferencia".