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Drew Brees Says Reaction to His Flag Comments 'Broke My Heart, It Was Crushing'

New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees expressed regret Saturday for criticizing players kneeling in protest during the national anthem during an interview in June.

Brees issued a prepared statement to reporters at his first training camp news conference:

"Going back to my comment on June 3, to think for a second that New Orleans or the state of Louisiana or the Black community would think that I was not standing with them for social justice, that completely broke my heart. It was crushing. Never ever would I feel that way.