Jason Whitlock: “What Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Thomas did to Drew Brees emasculated him. Not just to his teammates and peers, but his own fans that looked up to him and were disappointed to see him fold on this National Anthem story. Then all of the sudden he’s wearing a Jacob Blake sticker across the front of his helmet in practice, he’s all in on the ‘Black Lives Matter’ deal, and his wife is issuing apologies. All of this emasculated him… This guy has been the leader of this organization for more than a decade, and the guy the entire team rallies around, and they basically stripped him of all that leadership and diminished him… That team has lost its emotional center, the chemistry, and the mojo they had with their belief in Drew Brees as a leader, and what that meant for the rest of the team. I think that’s all gone. Obviously he’s older, and his arm is not as strong, and that plays a role, but I’ve always felt like there were intangibles to Drew Brees that helped that team and helped that Saints organization perform at a really high level and all that stuff is gone now just because Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Thomas wanted to score points on social media, and probably had some jealousy issues to the amount of money Drew Brees makes. It is a tragedy what happened to Drew Brees...It’s incredible what they did to Brees last summer because of some really inconsequential, non-controversial comments about the National Anthem.” (Full Segment Above)
Listen to Jason Whitlock join Outkick the Coverage to explain to Clay Travis why he thinks the Drew Brees National Anthem controversy that occurred during the offseason ultimately torpedoed the Saints 2020 season, as Whitlock thinks a massive overreaction from Saints players like Malcolm Jenkins and Michael Thomas ruined the locker room harmony, and effectively turned Brees into a banished castaway.
Check out the segment above as Whitlock details why the backlash against Brees for harmless comments supporting players standing for the National Anthem turned into a ‘tragedy’ that greatly victimized not only Brees’ standing as a leader, but the team’s performance this season, as New Orleans now sits at 1-2 on the year.