Stephen A. reacts to Drew Brees’ comments about ‘disrespecting the flag,’ apology | First Take

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Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman react to Drew Brees' comments on NFL players "disrespecting the flag" by kneeling during the national anthem, along with his lengthy Instagram apology for the comments.
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terryclotf 2 days ago
oh they are so special.
Brian Dunlap
Brian Dunlap 3 days ago
Compare this to Stephen A Smith and desean Jackson.
Ross Johnson
Ross Johnson 4 days ago
I love Drew Brees for what he said
ForgiveSnagz 7 days ago
Ok? But what did he say that was bad? Disrespecting the flag shouldn’t happen no matter what. He can’t have his opinion? But blacks people can?
Patrick Houck
Patrick Houck 7 days ago
Max is like I don’t agree with any of this haha 😂
55 ostar
55 ostar 7 days ago
The man did nothing wrong he said the true .so people why is he saying sorry for saying what he feeling about the flag
harry varner
harry varner 8 days ago
What did Brees say.
rebeltoo37 10 days ago
Just hike the the ball and bend the knee for 60 minutes. Sounds exciting!! # Defund NFL/Espn. 😳
Ginjgaming 14 days ago
This is how many people think drew brees remark was perfectly fine and there was nothing wrong with it 💯💯💯 | | | | V
Alvin Comer
Alvin Comer 15 days ago
Never thought it would be a day , I would agree with Stephen A . that's how bad Drew messed up...
Shawn Lewis
Shawn Lewis 17 days ago
You can respect your fellow man /woman and not hate the country. The cop that committed murder isn't the USA. FACT IS MORE UNARMED WHITE'S WERE KILLED BY COPS THAN BLACKS. The problem is with the militarized police. The police are a "part" of the US just like us citizens. Racism SHOULD be addressed but Drew isn't the problem. The militant cops are.
steven clark
steven clark 18 days ago
Steven A always ranting never saying anything rational. Wonder if he forgot the same flag Drew Brees was defending , stands for the same country that allows him to rant mindlessly and free. Your mad about police brutality, don't disgrace the flag and country that gives you the freedom and right to have your rants Steven A. Freedom of speech and the right to speak it that's the flag Brees supported and the country that flag represents that gave you that right . The flag is a symbol of your rights maybe you should respect it a little more .
John Dicken
John Dicken 18 days ago
@TheConservativeTwins.... These people are turning into leftist clowns.
Boomer SV
Boomer SV 18 days ago
Drew Brees doesnt need to apologize for anything.
Richard Smith
Richard Smith 19 days ago
What a joke, how soft and sensitive everybody is body getting, FAKE!!
AU10 19 days ago
Stephen A. talking about tone deaf, what a joke, 104 people shot in Chicago over fathers day weekend 2020. Almost all were African Americans shooting African Americans. Hey dum dum your fake outrage rings hollow!
Mark Badgley
Mark Badgley 20 days ago
NFL is finished. America doesn't need you.
Chris Jones
Chris Jones 20 days ago
“For the time will come when people will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths.” ‭‭2 Timothy‬ ‭4:3-4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Chris Jones
Chris Jones 20 days ago
So here’s where it all starts drew can’t have an opinion without being a racist! But Steven A. Can blow up on Kap and brees and the way he talks about the cowboys and Jerry Jones. It’s all BS coming out off your mouth! With respect gains respect!!
Eugene Graves
Eugene Graves 21 day ago
Personally I'm giving Brees a slight break because he apologized. He recognized the divisiveness of his words. I can do nothing but respect that.
John J
John J 21 day ago
Stephen A Is one of the most racist.
M Groomsie
M Groomsie 22 days ago
Its all bs, Drew apologize for not standing during the national anthem , Kaepernick lost his message for not standing together as one. What a sorry excuse as a person there is. Whats really wrong here is the media has made it like this. Fact is there are alot more unarmed white people killed by police than black people, but that does not make the news. MEDIA REPORTING ONLY ON THE BLACK PEOPLE BEING KILLED BY COPS IS WHY WE HAVE THIS SO CALLED RACISM. WAKE UP PEOPLE AND SEE THE WHOLE PICTURE🤨
American boi
American boi 20 days ago
Jorge Acosta
Jorge Acosta 23 days ago
Look he might have been a little tone deff on the reason for the kneeling but remember protests are supposed to make people uncomfortable and that's what happend...it made drew brees uncomfortable
ICEMAN BMF 23 days ago
Right they made it seem like he brought it up. Do your research about anything. A lot of things are taking out of context
Terry Falwell
Terry Falwell 23 days ago
No more national anthem and more complaints. Deal? It's sports and it's only entertainment, that's it. Quit with running the lip and play the game. Soon your racism will cause other colors to stop participating.
Joseph Wiseman
Joseph Wiseman 24 days ago
I wasn't shocked...MW supremacist feel privileged.
Erik Ford
Erik Ford 24 days ago
A "victory for communication" would be that everyone understand Brew is not against protest, but the way some people protest that angers others. That would be a victory.
Kevin Crawford
Kevin Crawford 25 days ago
Oh my goodness Steve A SHUT UP!!!!!!!!!!
George Shores
George Shores 25 days ago
I agree with what you say! But where is this same emotion when a white person gets killed ? Oh, I see it's because he had white privilege. Huh?
sugershakify 25 days ago
Hey ESPN, try sticking to sports and leave the virtue signaling to CNN ? I wonder how long they practiced those concerned looks of empathy in the mirror ?
Troy Tomrell
Troy Tomrell 27 days ago
No one is more racist in this country than that P.O.S. Stephen A..... you can just hear the hate in his voice
Cedric Ruffin
Cedric Ruffin 27 days ago
Drew let me help with your situation,go on the breakfast club and you will be ok.....The truth is Black Lives Matter and All Lives Matter.....Drew you are diverse and we know that,don't ho out and laylo..I would do Ebro or the Breakfast club and take your favorite teammates with you..❤❤
Robert Halonen
Robert Halonen 27 days ago
Go protest the police station! not our flag! it’s funny how SportsCenter likes to use statistics for their sports but not for crime in America
Gregory F. Murray
Gregory F. Murray 27 days ago
Drew Brees was right on with his comments about respecting the flag. His mistake was to apologize to a liberal media.
Greg Pettis
Greg Pettis 2 days ago
@Eugene Graves if you don't like it here, move to Africa.
Gregory F. Murray
@Eugene Graves I sure do. It is you.
Eugene Graves
Eugene Graves 21 day ago
Only a white person would make your comment, see the problem in America?
Choocha Lagoocha
Choocha Lagoocha 24 days ago
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Some will Cain ish going around here. Let me find out D Fox is next up!!!
rooz 28 days ago
Listen "Stephen" Django, you are the one who's been 'tone deaf' for years and now being opportunist at best. Blacks can-not forget you stabbing them in the back! I imagine maybe Tarantino picked that name not by chance!
brian sprinkle
brian sprinkle 28 days ago
Drew should never have apologized to the woke mob for his beliefs. This is America, not communist Russia. Next he'll be apologizing for going to church, owning a white car, using white paper, playing on a green football field, etc... NEVER apologize to the woke mob for your beliefs.
Hey Hey Hey
Hey Hey Hey 28 days ago
It doesn’t matter that he was asked directly about that. I knew that from the beginning. It doesn’t make a difference in the statement to me.
Julio PapaCto
Julio PapaCto 28 days ago
They expected more from you and they didn’t get it .. where were you man
mbd501 28 days ago
It's too bad Brees was forced to apologize. He respects the flag, and thinks there's another time and place for protests. There's nothing wrong with that opinion.
splitwood 28 days ago
100 percent pure ignorance
Richard Smith
Richard Smith 29 days ago
These guys talk a lot of sense. Keep it up!
Lincoln Colt
Lincoln Colt 29 days ago
Why don’t you talk about disrespecting to the hundreds of hard-working family on business owners who have had their businesses looted destroyed and burnt to the ground and talk about respect with them
BFick478 29 days ago
Tone deaf or ignorant?? Drew Brees is ignorant for these ASININE comments. He spoke his truth so dont give the PC fake apology. We now know who you are Drew! Thanks for showing us and we believe you
Nick Scarfo
Nick Scarfo 29 days ago
There was nothing to apologize for.
Michael Esser
Michael Esser Month ago
Keith Ellison should have been elected chair of the DNC.
Anu'schannel Month ago
Legalize Murder!
Yung Cash
Yung Cash Month ago
Drew Brees 🙈
Wen Hao
Wen Hao Month ago
Stfu Stephen A
J.D. Month ago
I don't get it he said nothing wrong and just gave his opinion from his family history on what the American Flag meant to him. We have to a stop apologizing in America for hurting other people's feelings.
The Genius
The Genius Month ago
He makes my head hurt and my ears bleed..
Russell Pottenger
Only thing that Drew Brees said that was wrong was in the apology. Taking a knee “during national anthem” IS disrespecting our flag and the national anthem.
Bill Perfitt
Bill Perfitt Month ago
The NFL is a joke. I'm done with this spot
call me mr Tom Reagan
Guys get over it and move on
John Moss Jr
John Moss Jr Month ago
I am all for ending police brutality and racism for all races but being a 14 year veteran I think instead of kneeling they can do something before the anthem to show solidarity
sehhi vooty
sehhi vooty Month ago
It's a sad day when someone loves their country so much, who has done more for the ungrateful folks than all of the home boys combined, then accuse him of racism.
Korinth Fuiava
Korinth Fuiava Month ago
Stephen A talk a lot but never played football in his life.
Kenny Mack
Kenny Mack Month ago
His history speaks for itself. Steven A glossed right over it on his way to the lynch mob. Theysa gots dem a whuite boy to villafy. He had nothing to apologise to the racist outrage mob for. Better get him cancelled before he leads the league in passing yards again. SMFH
sehhi vooty
sehhi vooty Month ago
I call BS
Troy Butler
Troy Butler Month ago
Ken Metz
Ken Metz Month ago
I think the NFL should be defunded. A lot of the owners are older white men who fit the racist narrative even though we don't really know they are racist. If any black or white person has signed an NFL contract that makes them inherently racist for taking that white supremacist money. Every white and black athlete who feel strongly about racism in this country should send all the money they have collected from that racist organization and send it back. Besides with this country in its current state of affairs we don't have time for football games. If black people are being hunted in the streets, than these athletes shouldn't be worried about going back to play football and making millions of dollars a year. People are dying and racism is alive and well. How can you collect and keep that much money when this is happening. Give your money up to people who have been racially discriminated against and oppressed more than you. If you're in the NFL its a hard case to make that you been seriously discriminated against. If you play for the NFL and you aren't quitting your job and doing your part to protest peacefully then you shouldn't have that platform to voice your opinion.
Anu'schannel Month ago
I agree
winstonS Month ago
I don't like them kneeling either but they have every right to do it, just like those who criticize them do
Kappa Emote
Kappa Emote Month ago
Maybe you should have chosen something that involves JUST the group your talking about and not people dying for their country. You argue too much like their really wasn't ANY other way to do that protest GTFO 🙄
Mena Logistics Co.
Grown men talking about other grown men playing ball games..... We’ve gotten too spoiled.
Mena Logistics Co.
Me: “The Sheeple will perish for lack of psyop’s”.... ESPN: “Not on our watch!”
matt 2525
matt 2525 Month ago
I agree about police brutality being entirely to common but I do not agree it is a black/white problem. It's a problem of the police having to much power over our lives as people. The statistics show you are way more likely to be shot as a white person then a black, numbers do not lie people. I'm mostly white and I have had guns drawn on me, been tazed and tackled with knees in my back and legs by police. Police have to much power and have run with it.
Ethan Rohrbach
Ethan Rohrbach Month ago
I agree with Kaepernick that police brutality should end. I also agree with his mainstream supporters that his action “was never about the flag.” However, while Kaepernick did not intentionally degrade our national anthem and Flag, his actions against the Flag are, indirectly, nothing short of blasphemy. The Flag was there at Fort McHenry when we Americans protected Baltimore from the British; the Flag was there at Iwo Jima when we Americans island-hopped, avenging those who had died on the Bataan Death March. The Flag was there when our forefathers saved citizens’ futures, Black and White. Although this is simply my standpoint and the Flag is neither a communist nor divine object, the Flag is sacred and should be given due respect. Everyone, including Kaepernick, is entitled their First Amendment rights, but his kneeling transcends unexplainable rules-rules that define who we are as Americans and a godly, nationalistic worldview, among others. Furthermore, in the face of nationwide criticism, Kaepernick refused to find an alternate way to protest the Flag. He very easily could have done something else, something that would have further united the country (in the interest of anti-racism) rather than politically expose it. Naysayers might argue that Kaepernick’s kind of activism intends to take people out of their comfort zones or was fundamental in kickstarting new civil rights protests. Others might suggest that, since the mainstream media no longer decries his decision, he, among others, should be looked upon favorably. However, that does not excuse Kaepernick’s choice, out of all the choices he might have made, to kneel during our national anthem. In conclusion, Kaepernick made a bad decision that should be regretted, not praised.
L. B.
L. B. Month ago
Talk about projecting your own flaws on others! Good job Smith. Let's talk "tone deaf". To not only refuse to stand during the national anthem but to do the opposite - that is clearly expressing disrespect for the anthem and the flag. Apparently Smith is so wrapped up in his victimhood that he is incapable of understanding the simple concept of patriotism. Apparently it ALWAYS has to be about race with Smith. If you disagree with that (an opinion on patriotism) for some weird reason - that is your right. But HOW DARE YOU insist someone apologize because you disagree with them. There was a time when most people thought everyone has a right to their opinion in our culture regardless of any disagreement. But, apparently you "woke" leftists are so intolerant and hateful of those that you disagree with or disagree with you that they MUST apologize. SHAME ON YOU Drew for apologizing for having an opinion. SHAME ON YOU Smith for being so disgustingly intolerant. The Difference? I would NEVER demand an apology from Smith even though I'm sure he is a racist. and has a racist opinion. I just call it out. If anyone is offended by that - tough. That is your problem (obsessed with being a victim and being offended) not mine.
Angela Belchar
Angela Belchar Month ago
In spite of what you think Drew Brees has a right to say what he thinks He owes no one an apology. You should all apologize to him for trying to take away his beliefs.
Alec Month ago
Max always use his mind before he speaks. Always make sense. Sas is a sale out
Farmer George
Farmer George Month ago
Stephen A Smith, the most arrogant pissed off human on the planet. Obnoxious. The main reason I do not watch ESPN
barley 1
barley 1 Month ago
Drew Brees is a COWARD!!!! Too bad an American can’t be honest - this is nothing more than intimidation and cowering to the hate mob!!
Glenn Silvetti
Glenn Silvetti Month ago
I’m tired of it all now, everyone will cry no matter what takes place anymore, how about this, let’s spread the love of Jesus Christ, if you can’t forgive those who sin against you your father in heaven won’t forgive you. Get over it folks life is to short and eternity is real and awaits us all
Buc n Here
Buc n Here Month ago
This is a set up for Winston to become the starter. The Saints have to miss the playoffs. Tom Brady and the Bucs are goin to the SB. We have seen this before. NFL media bias towards a QB - leads to him being replaced - legend gets one last hurrah. Tebow - Manning - Broncos. Winston - Brady - Bucs. NFL is RIGGED!
Michael Dalton
Michael Dalton Month ago
I call BS
Crooks. All of them
33thelma Month ago
White privilege at its finest from Drew. People are being exposed for who they really are.
Randy Lee
Randy Lee 28 days ago
33thelma how is it white privilege? The national anthem had nothing to do with race. It was to give thanks to our country, and our people who’ve fought in it.
Anthony Montgomery
I love how when you're young people tell you to have your own opinion about things now he we are2020 an u can still have your own opinion but if it doesn't jive with the movement ur a racist I feel we're going in reverse and I blame the media for constantly putting ideas in are heads like choose sides that's not what America is supposed to be about
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Until Stephen A brings Colin on and apologize to him publicly, I don't want to hear him on this subject.... He needs to make that right!!!
Freddie Hernandez
Let Drew do Drew...play football!
Dra O
Dra O Month ago
Shocked - to know that he’s free to believe in those things he holds dear to his heart? Baffling, simply baffling. Black lives matter - only to blacks. That’s MY belief - and no one will change my beliefs... unless, of course, I’m allowed to tell others how to believe. And you won’t like my beliefs. Break laws, see police. Don’t break laws, no police. Change the black culture. Now.
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