Tony Dungy: Brees can’t be afraid to say what he said, more discussion not less

On Thursday, Saints quarterback Drew Brees walked back his comments about not kneeling for the American flag.

The future hall of famer said he would never agree with those who disrespect the American flag, saying that he’s had family members who served in the military.

Following widespread criticism from everyone across the sporting world, Brees took it back, saying that he was sorry for the hurt he had caused.

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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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And following the apology from the Saints quarterback, former NFL head coach Tony Dungy essentially said Brees made the wrong move in apologizing. The former Colts and Buccaneers coach said what we need is more dialogue and discussion on these issues, not less.

Brees can’t be afraid to say what he said and others can’t be afraid to speak their minds. Dungy, one of the more thoughtful guys in the sporting world, said these are issues the deserve open and honest discussion and silencing people does everyone a disservice.

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