Pro Football Hall of Famer Shannon Sharpe was not happy with New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees after he said that he would never agree with players protesting during the national anthem.
Sharpe, a Fox Sports analyst on FS1’s “Undisputed”, went off on Brees on Thursday. He called Brees’ apology “meaningless” and he said that he will never respect him again.
"He issued an apology, Skip [Bayless], but it's meaningless because the guys know he spoke his heart the very first time around,” Sharpe said on the Fox Sports 1 show. "I don't know what Drew's going to do, but he probably should just go ahead and retire now. He will never be the same."
In a lengthy Instagram message, Brees admitted he made comments that were “insensitive and completely missed the mark on what we are facing right now as a country.”
Sharpe, who played 14 seasons in the NFL, said that he was a guy who was a leader in the locker room for a number of years, and he claims Brees’ teammates “will never look at him the same because he spoke his heart."
"It wasn't what he said, it was how he said it,” Sharpe added. “He was defiant. I will never respect the man."
Other athletes across the sports world shared their thoughts about Brees’ remarks, including Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, San Francisco 49ers cornerback Richard Sherman, and former Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin, among others.
He also received backlash from several teammates, including Saints wide receivers Michael Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, and running back Alvin Kamara.