Why Drew Brees had to walk it back
Earlier this year New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees had issued multiple apologies about his point of view regarding other NFL players kneeling during the playing of Star Spangled Banner commonly known as the United States National Anthem, An overview of what occurred with former San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick will provide an vantage point on why it is an issur in the first place. There were multiple factors that caused the change.
During the NFL preseason in 2016 then San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick initially sat for the United States National Anthem. One of the first people to notice it was Steve Wyche a reporter for the NFL Network. Colin Kaepernick later held a press conference after the intial interview and explained that he actions of sitting for the National Anthem was his way of standing with the oppressed. The press asked him about something specifically and he mentioned police brutality. He was asked about the military and he stated his respect for them. Later Colin Kaepernick responded to an open letter from Nate Boyer who served in the military as a Green Beret and Nate suggested that it would more respectful to the military that Colin kneel instead. Colin accepted Nate’s advice and kneeled throughout the 2016 football season. Colin Kaepernick had become an free agent after the 2016 season and had not played in the NFL since that time.
The stance that Drew Brees has taken since 2016 when he was first asked about was that he thinks everyone should stand for the National Anthem. He believed in not doing so was disrespectful to the military and the freedoms that they have and are currently fighting for. One of the reasons for his strongly held conviction was that he had family members that served combat duty. He did state that Colin Kaepernick had the right to protest and he disagreed with kneeling during the playing of the National Anthem as a way to do it.
Drew’s opinion on the issue in terms of the general public was not contested. The events of an unarmed black man George Floyd being killed by an Minneapolis police officer changed that. When Drew was asked about the possibility of players kneeling during an interview with Yahoo Finance which appeared on June 3, 2020, he said, “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.” The quote really garnered a harsh reply by many current, former NFL players along with Saints teammates and other people outside of the sport most notably NBA player Lebron James. The statement was seen as a way to distract from the issue of police brutality.
Brees apologized for multiple reasons. One with that statement the perception of him from African Americans especially took a huge hit despite the charitable work he has done in the New Orleans community. African Americans felt that Brees was showing his true colors. Brees apologized multiple times to ensure the African American community that he was sincere in his recognition of the issues that they face. Brees went as far as contacting Fox Sports One’s Shannon Sharpe directly to express how contrite he was. President Trump contacted Brees over Twitter to let him know that there was no need to apologize and Brees quickly distanced himself from the President.
The second reason has to do with the paying fan base of the Saints. New Orleans has a large black population and according to Skip Bayless of Fox Sports One’s Undisputed has one of the larger black season ticket holders in the National Football League. If this is the case despite the Benson family personal feelings there must have been a high level of concern of losing season ticket holders.
The last reason is because Brees has signed a contract with NBC Sports to join them after he retires from football. According to a New York Post article, Brees is expected to potentially succeed Cris Collinsworth as the analyst for Sunday Night Football. During that time prior to that he would be working as a studio host on Football Night in America and be a commentator for Notre Dame football games. There does not appear publicly to be any evidence that the NBC job would have been in danger and it was not worth the risk to find out.
Drew Brees main motivations for his change about the comments he made were to repair his perception among African Americans, the African American Saints season ticket holders and to not endanger his future job with NBC Sports.
Quick Flickr Update and other news
I have gone further into my archives and I have gone back into the days were I did not have a digital camera. I believe that I used an old Vivitar 35mm camera which was really basic. This camera was so basic there would be times that I would think that I was taking pictures and the film was already used up and it would allow me to keep clicking. I have a really short album completed and the link to it is below:
I have been busy for the better part of two weeks from some pictures that I took from a band performance. The name of the band is Poor Man's Band. They are a cover band that performs classic rock, blues and country music. Full disclosure: I am friends with the lead singer. I had not seen the band play before so this was my first time seeing them perform. The band itself has been performing in my local area for the past 30 years and my friend joined the band towards the end of last year. I had not taken any pictures of a musical performance before. I had just kept clicking away and between the pictures I kept and those that I erased during the show I ended up with 157 pictures. I did a quick edit of the pictures using my camera software and I had started to do a second edit using a very old version of Photoshop ans the Nik collection where I did decide to take more creative control where I decided to crop the pictures. I went to visit my friend and he looked at the originals plus the edits I had done up to that point and picked out 17 pictures for me to edit. I did the edit and gave him those. He ended up picking five of them and putting them on his personal Facebook page. I decided that I needed to work of my editing skills so I ended up finishing off the second edits of the photos. I ended deleting three more photos and I gave 88 pictures second edits. The first time that I did it, I simply took the pictures as they were and edited them accordingly. The link to Poor Man's Band Facebook page is here:
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My very first playlist
After many false starts I decided to scrap my original plan and put my very first playlist online. My favorite hip-hop group is Public Enemy. It seems that I seem to get into something after the foundation has been built. This was the case for me and Public Enemy. I didn't become a fan until they had released their third album Fear of a Black Planet. I had just started getting into hiop-hop as a music form. I did not have much of a music collection at the time that I put the playlist together and there was no internet at the time. I decided to put as many tracks as I could on a sixty mnute cassette tape. I ended up getting nineteen of them and some notable songs were left off and I think even without them it will give a listener a general idea of what Public Enemy's music is about. The playlist composes of songs of Public Enemy's first three albums ranging from 1987 to 1990.
To check it out on youtube go here:
If you have Spotify you may check it out here:
The playlist is the same on either place. Please comment and share the links with your friends and on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, StumbleUpon, Reddit or your favorite social media platform.
I have completed a second photo album on my Flickr account. It is from another car show that I attended. The album has many more pictures than the previous one and it is an outdoor show. I have included two links this time. The first one is a video preview of the photo album below:
The second one is the photo album itself.
Please comment and if you are happy with video and/or the photo album or individual pictures in it. Feel free to share the blog post or the individual links on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit, Tumblr or your favorite social media platform.
I have been looking over some of my cassettes some weeks ago and I listened to a couple of them. I was a big fan of late 1980s and early 1990s. There is definitely profanity used throughout the playlist so if that offends you, don't click on the links below. I decided to ahead and try to replicate one of them on Youtube. I have to say that it was pretty close to what I had originally put together considering all of the songs were over 20 years old. There are twenty songs and the link to it is below:
I have two shorter versions of it. One is only 8 songs on Soundcloud and the link to that one is here:
The second one is 12 songs on Spotify which is located on the link below:
There is no sign on required for the Youtube playlist or the Souncloud one if listening on a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. The Spotify one does require an account which they offer a free one.
I hope you enjoy my musical walk down memory lane. Please comment on the playlists and share them on Facebook, Twitter, StumbleUpon, Reddit or the social media platform or your choice.