Drew Brees isn’t just tone-deaf. He’s willfully ignorant.

While other white athletes are carefully reflecting on the racism that remains woven tightly into the fabric of this country and their part in it, Brees is doubling down on the lie that has given so many people cover to ignore and discredit Colin Kaepernick’s protests. He’s perpetuating the misinformation that Kaepernick taking a knee was ever about anything besides police brutality against black and brown people.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” Brees said during an interview with Daniel Roberts of YahooFinance that was posted Wednesday. “Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps, both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.

“And in many cases, it brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed,” he added. “Not just those in the military but, for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s and everyone and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point.”

What Brees said isn’t just disingenuous, it’s self-absorbed, the kind of entitled view only a white person can have. And with the country roiled by protests as it tries to reckon with the brutal consequences of its endemic racism, it’s dangerous.

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