No one has ever questioned the off-field commitment Drew Brees has to helping the community.
Supporting the armed services is just one of the many ways the New Orleans Saints quarterback gives back. Brees is very upfront about it too so it wasn’t surprising when he did a 180 from his comments Tuesday about the search for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and the alleged lack of evidence in the New Orleans Saints bounty scandal.
Brees tweeted early in the day “If NFL fans were told there were “weapons of mass destruction” enough times, they'd believe it. But what happens when you don't find any????”
He backtracked later on using his personal Twitter account, writing, “My WMD comment has nothing to do with politics or our brave military. Merely an analogy to show how media influences public perception.”
He went on to say, “I apologize if the WMD comment offended anyone. Especially our military. There is no one I respect more than our service men and women.”
That was a classy move on Brees’ part. But the thing that is most striking here – with Brees’ complaints and the complaints of everyone else – is that you must remember the NFL has the authority on the bounty program when it comes to witnesses. Gregg Williams, the defensive coordinator who masterminded the program, received an indefinite suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Williams was told that if he ever wants a chance to work again in the league, he needs to cooperate with the NFL every step of the way in the investigation. So, the NFL has testimony from Williams to guide it in this process.
Just keep in mind that while Williams might not have written documentation of everything, he surely remembers who was heavily involved in the program that was run in his meeting rooms. Does anyone honestly believe Williams took a fall for something that was make believe? Surely, the NFL has plenty of evidence from Williams. You can call it whatever you want – a WMD if you would like.
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Brad Biggs covers the Bears for the Chicago Tribune