Philadelphia Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson was one of those players who wasn’t immediately going to accept the veteran quarterback’s apology for saying that he wouldn’t agree with anyone who knelt during the national anthem as a form of protest.
“I lost a lot of respect for Drew Brees,” Jackson told Philadelphia’s ABC6. “He’s a great player but [his remarks] were very insensitive about the times and where he stands … Because you’re still not understanding where we’re coming from after three years of trying to talk about this and get notoriety. You’re still talking about kneeling for a flag.”
Jackson said he thinks Brees only apologized because of the visceral reaction he received.
“I don’t accept his apology,” he said. “I think he’s only apologizing because people came for him and people are disagreeing with him and he understands that his base in Louisiana, there’s a lot of black people.”
Jackson and the Eagles play Brees and the Saints in the latter part of the 2020 season. Jackson told the station he was “excited” to play Brees.