- Drew Brees is listed at +500 odds to be kneeling during the National Anthem Week 1 of the regular season.
- Brees issued an apology for his remarks on NFL National Anthem protests via an Instagram post today.
- The Saints host the Tampa Bay Buccaneers during Week 1 of the NFL season.
- Drew Brees has -140 odds to have his hand on a teammate’s shoulder during the National Anthem in Week 1.
NEW ORLEANS — The NFL season is still almost three months away but the players have kept the league’s PR office busy throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.
This time, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees found himself in hot water on Wednesday after his response to a question about the NFL’s National Anthem protests in an interview with Yahoo finance made rounds across social media and national news.
Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts."@drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”
Full exchange: pic.twitter.com/MpCkFyOMed
— Yahoo Finance (@YahooFinance) June 3, 2020
The future hall of fame quarterback issued an apology today saying he “completely missed the mark” with his comments after he received backlash for his response from his teammates Michael Thomas and Malcolm Jenkins, as well as Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James.
WOW MAN!! 🤦🏾♂️. Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of 🇺🇸 and our soldiers(men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those https://t.co/pvUWPmh4s8
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020
In an Instagram post, Brees wrote: “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.” He added, “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.”
Brees’ quick apology shows that he realizes where he was wrong in his response. Moving forward, he could protest with some of his teammates to show his sincerity on the social issue.
With this, two NFL props found their way to the online sports betting sites in regards to what Drew Brees will do Week 1 in regards to the National Anthem.
The Saints host their NFC South rivals in the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at the Superdome to begin the season and Brees is favored to stand during the presentations of our nation’s colors.
Drew Brees National Anthem NFL Week 1
- Stand -900
- Kneel +500
One way for Brees to show solidarity and mend a possibly burned bridge with some of Saints teammates is to take a knee with them during Week 1.
Although the -900 odds for him to stand during the anthem are heavily favored, it’s worth the blind toss to take the +500 odds on Brees to kneel, especially if some of his teammates are doing so for the first game of the season.
With the changing mindset behind kneeling during the ceremony, don’t be surprised if Brees finds comradery during the presentation.
Drew Brees National Anthem NFL Week 1
- Hand on Teammate’s Shoulder -140
- No Hand On Teammate’s Shoulder +105
Brees being the longtime quarterback of the New Orleans Saints and everything he means to that community means his actions during Week 1 will be watched very closely.
Take the odds on the quarterback not having his hand on a teammate’s shoulder during the Week 1 National Anthem.
Brees will likely have his hand over his heart or be kneeling with his teammates. Either way for the +105 odds the rewards outweigh the risk involved in betting on this prop.
Whether more surrounding the NFL National Anthem makes the headline this season or not is unsure, but one this is for certain, all eyes will be on Drew Brees during Week 1.