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Peter King Deletes ‘Lord Of The Flies’ Reference About Drew Brees

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NFL writer Peter King deleted a “Lord of the Flies” line from his Monday column when talking about New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

King wrote in his weekly column that a friend of Brees referred to the situation surrounding the New Orleans Saints quarterback as something resembling the famous book where kids are stranded on an island and turn on each other. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)

Brees has been getting hammered nonstop ever since he had the audacity to suggest you shouldn’t kneel during the national anthem.

Well, King apparently didn’t like the backlash online, and tweeted Monday, “I am removing the reference to “Lord of the Flies” upon hearing from so many who found it offensive. I apologize for using it. I understand why some are hurt by it. You should be. I’ll be more conscious about the full meaning of analogies. Thanks for keeping me honest.”

Welcome to 2020, everyone! Are we all having fun? Are we all enjoying our reality? Drew Brees is getting destroyed for wanting to stand for the anthem, and Peter King deleted a “Lord of the Flies” reference from a friend of the quarterback because people found it offensive.

We’ve officially lost our minds. There’s no more common sense left. It’s just the mob mentality. If you cross the mob, then you will be crushed.

If you show weakness to the mob, then you will be crushed. Brees didn’t just issue one apology! He issued two after saying he found kneeling to be disrespectful.

 

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I would like to apologize to my friends, teammates, the City of New Orleans, the black community, NFL community and anyone I hurt with my comments yesterday. In speaking with some of you, it breaks my heart to know the pain I have caused. In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character. This is where I stand: I stand with the black community in the fight against systemic racial injustice and police brutality and support the creation of real policy change that will make a difference. I condemn the years of oppression that have taken place throughout our black communities and still exists today. I acknowledge that we as Americans, including myself, have not done enough to fight for that equality or to truly understand the struggles and plight of the black community. I recognize that I am part of the solution and can be a leader for the black community in this movement. I will never know what it’s like to be a black man or raise black children in America but I will work every day to put myself in those shoes and fight for what is right. I have ALWAYS been an ally, never an enemy. I am sick about the way my comments were perceived yesterday, but I take full responsibility and accountability. I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening…and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.

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How is this situation not like “Lord of the Flies”? I’m seriously asking that. Pro athletes turned on Drew Brees without hesitation when things got dicey.

Is that or is that not what happens in the book?

We need to come back down to reality because people have lost their damn minds over this situation. It’s honestly sad to see.

Brees didn’t do anything wrong to begin with and people have tried to ruin him. Now, Peter King is apparently worried about quoting people close to the quarterback because that might offend people.

Give me a break. What a pathetic state of affairs in 2020.