Drew Brees References WMDs in Relation to Saints Bounty Scandal, Eventually Apologizes
Drew Brees plays on the offensive side of the ball, so theoretically he should have zero involvement in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal and the subsequent investigation of that scandal.
Of course, theory isn’t reality.
Ever since this story first came to light, Brees has been front and center – defending his teammates, management and organization in the face of any and all criticism.
This past Monday, in an effort to illustrate just how strongly the NFL is shaping what he perceives to be a false perception regarding his squad, Brees tweeted out this message:
"If NFL fans were told there were 'weapons of mass destruction' enough times, they'd believe it," Brees tweeted Monday. "But what happens when you don't find any????"
The comparison that Brees was trying to make is clear, but the analogy fell flat. (Mostly because we know President Bush and his Cabinet presented false information, but we don’t know if the NFL is presenting false information. If folks got offended for anything other than that – they shouldn’t have.)
A day later, he sent this text to ESPN’s Ed Werder:
"My comments about 'weapons of mass destruction' had nothing to do with politics or war," Brees said in the text. "I have an extreme respect for our military and have not nor will I ever compare football to war. They are the soldiers, they risk their lives, they defend our freedom and make this world a safer place.
"I was merely drawing an analogy to explain how a media campaign can strongly influence public perception. I apologize if i offended anyone. This bounty allegation is a serious matter that affects the lives and careers of a lot of people and the integrity of the game. We need to make sure the process is fair and correct and that the truth is revealed rather than predetermined conclusions."
He also clarified his comments on Twitter:
"My WMD comment has nothing to do with politics or our brave military. Merely an analogy to show how media influences public perception," Brees tweeted. " I apologize if the WMD comment offended anyone. Especially our military. There is no one I respect more than our service men and women."