Saints cancels Drew Brees’ tweet with the shirt of social justice
The tweet was titled “This is my #ForNOLA quarterback”.
Hours later the tweet was deleted.
The account added another tweet explaining the meaning of “#SAYHERNAME,” a social media campaign that began this summer in the aftermath of the deadly police shooting of Breonna Taylor in Louisville, Kentucky.
The second tweet explained that the shirt is intended to amplify “the voices and experiences of black women” and was accompanied by a photo of safety Malcolm Jenkins wearing the same shirt. Jenkins is a social justice advocate and co-founder of the coalition of players.
Why did Saints delete the tweets?
That tweet did not explain why the former was removed.
Brees donned the shirt days after a mob of insurgents, inspired by President Donald Trump, stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to subvert the constituency count by confirming President-elect Joe Biden as Trump’s successor.
A woman named Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed during the attack while attempting to break into a section of the Capitol called the Orator’s Lobby. He was part of the mafia.
It’s unclear if people thought Brees wore the Babbitt support shirt.
Brees has worn the jersey multiple times this season, as have other Saints members.
Brees had a backlash for the anthem’s protest stance
Brees caused an uproar in June, when he told Yahoo Finance “I will never agree with anyone who disrespects the flag.” Brees ‘comment denouncing players’ peaceful protests against police brutality and social injustice came at the height of the nationwide racial showdown triggered by George Floyd’s death at the hands of the Minneapolis police.
It drew widespread criticism for the comments, including from Jenkins, who claimed that Brees should “shut the fuck up” in an Instagram video.
Brees apologized twice for the comment vowing “I’ll be part of the solution”.
There is no evidence that Brees wore the jersey on Sunday for any other reason than to join his teammates in the larger ongoing “#SAYHERNAME” campaign.
More from Yahoo Sports: