Cam Jordan praises Drew Brees as ‘a man of his word and a man of action’
New Orleans Saints star Cam Jordan voiced his support for recently embattled teammate Drew Brees at a recent event, stating that the superstar quarterback has “so much on his mind and so much in his heart that he wants to let out” about issues such as systemic racism and social injustice.
Brees found himself embroiled in controversy in June for what many condemned as ill-timed and tone-deaf remarks about protests during the anthem. The Saints quarterback was subjected to vitriolic backlash in light of comments in which he unequivocally stated he will “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America.”
That the comments came in the midst of nationwide protests and unrest over police misconduct following the death of George Floyd on May 25 while in Minneapolis police custody led to even fiercer criticism of Brees.
The Saints quarterback apologized numerous times amid the fallout — including originally in a text-only Instagram post as well as in a video shared on social media — in the wake of widespread disapproval that included rebukes from his own teammates, including Jordan.
“He’s been the leader and a guy I can rely on — on the field. Well, off the field has to align,” Jordan said in the immediate aftermath of Brees’ original remarks, per NFL.com. “I can’t allow people to tippy-toe on the line of this issue. You can’t play both sides on this one. We’re fighting to end social injustice, and you’re either with us or you aren’t.”
However, Jordan has since been left impressed by Brees’ response to the controversy, which includes insight he has gained during “man” texts as well as video chats with his teammate since 2011.
“At that point, I understand Drew is a man of his word and a man of action,” Jordan said at a charity event on Thursday, via NOLA.com. “As he’s proven time and time again, he is who he is, he will do exactly what he says he will do, and I feel like he follows through on that. I’ll let his actions speak for themselves.”
Brees, whose philanthropic efforts in the New Orleans community are well known, appears committed to making amends for his original remarks that spawned the scandal. The fact that Jordan has gone to bat for his teammate suggests the veteran quarterback’s words will ultimately translate into action.