New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has apologized for suggesting that kneeling protests to highlight racial injustice would be "disrespecting the flag" of the United States. Amid the protests in the US sparked by the death of George Floyd in police custody, Brees said in an interview with Yahoo that he would "never agree" with somebody taking a knee during the national anthem – something former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick did in 2016 to protest against police brutality. faced an angry backlash for his comments, including from some of his own team-mates, with basketball star LeBron James asking: "You literally still don't understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?" In a post on his official Instagram account , Brees admitted his comments had been "insensitive" and had "completely missed the mark", and begged forgiveness from those he had offended.Brees wrote: "I would like to apologiz and 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." 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. WOW MAN !! 🤦🏾♂️. Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don't understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee ?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of 🇺🇸 and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those https://t.co/pvUWPmh4s8 – LeBron James (@KingJames) June 3, 2020 "They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy." The 41-year-old Brees is the NFL's all-time leader in passing yards and touchdowns, and was the MVP of Super Bowl XLIV. Sixteen-year-old tennis star Coco Gauff delivered a powerful speech at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in her home city of Delray Beach.