Football Icon Herschel Walker Slams Cancel Culture After Drew Brees Walks Back Anthem Comments


Football legend Herschel Walker has more than a few words to say about the “cancel culture” that he blames for New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ walking back his comments about kneeling during the national anthem.

During an interview with Yahoo Finance last week, Brees said that he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”

Brees’ comments were swiftly met with scathing backlash, including from some of his own teammates.

In an Instagram post, however, Brees took back his comments and lamented that they “completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country.”

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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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In a radio interview with Glenn Beck on Thursday, Walker was stunned by the speed and severity with which Brees was condemned simply for having an opinion.

“Why are people upset that he has an opinion?” the Heisman winner asked.

“You know, just because he doesn’t believe in what you believe in, why is people upset about that?” Walker said. “That’s what is great about America, is we have a right to choose. And if that’s the way he feels, it’s okay that he feels like that.”

“Why in the world, can people not have an opinion today that they disagree with you? And if you disagree with someone, Glenn, you are going to be called a racist,” Walker went on. “If I disagree with someone, I’m going to be called an Uncle Tom.”

“And I’m like, jeez. That means I can’t think for myself? Can I not think for myself, please? You know, that’s the reason, I think, people fought years ago. That’s what Martin Luther King marched about,” he added.

Earlier last week, Walker made headlines for a social media post in which he denounced the mainstream media for fanning the flames of unrest in the wake of George Floyd’s death.

“I’m upset because things are getting worse,” Walker said in the video. “We’re not coming together as a people.”

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