By Harvey Hoffman
You can count Eagles defensive tackle Malik Jackson as one person who just isn’t accepting Drew Brees’ apology.
Not long after the New Orleans Saints quarterback made controversial remarks relating to players kneeling during the playing of the national anthem, the veteran defensive tackle is taking issue with the entire situation.
According to Jackson, Brees is only apologizing due to the backlash from his comments. That, combined with the fact that he plays in Louisiana — a state with a large African-American population — is the reason why Brees apologized:
“I lost a lot of respect for Drew Brees,” Jackson told 6ABC′s Jeff Skversky on Saturday. “He’s a great player but (his remarks) were very insensitive about the times and where he stands … Because you’re still not understanding where we’re coming from after three years of trying to talk about this and get notoriety. You’re still talking about kneeling for a flag.”
“I don’t accept his apology,” Jackson said. “I think he’s only apologizing because people came for him and people are disagreeing with him and he understands that his base in Louisiana, there’s a lot of black people.”
“Definitely excited to play him this year,” Jackson said. “I’m going to have a lot to say. Hopefully, I don’t get too wild with it, but I don’t understand how you could say that when you have people blocking for you who are black, catching balls from you who are black and people that are running the ball for you who are black.”
Brees’ initial remarks blasted players who knelt during the playing of the national anthem. The veteran quarterback pointed towards his grandfathers who fought in previous major world wars while emotionally speaking about the American flag. His comments were widely blasted by players throughout the league.
As Jackson mentions, the Eagles do play the Saints on Dec. 13 at the Linc. We’ll see what the veteran defensive tackle has in mind for Brees on that date.