New Orleans Saints quarterback and multiple NFL record-holder Drew Brees took his first hit of the season, not on the field, but in the press, as LBGTQ activists are slamming him for promoting the Bible and his Christian faith.
Drew Brees has been widely praised and recognized as one of the most genuine, likable and all-around good guys in the world of professional sports. But now he is facing criticism after bias headlines try to paint the football superstar in a negative light.
Brees recorded a pro-Bible public-service announcement for Colorado Springs-based Christian pro-family group, Focus on the Family.
In the public service announcement, Brees says: “Hey, guys, one of my favorite verses in the Bible is 2 Corinthians 5:7, ‘For we live by faith, not by sight.’ So I want to encourage you to live out your faith on ‘Bring your Bible to School Day’ and share God’s love with friends. You’re not alone.”
LGBTQ activists slam Brees
Brees’ public-service announcement was quickly and widely slammed by pro-LGBTQ activists who say that the group Focus on the Family is recognized as anti-LGBTQ, and among other things, promotes “conversion therapy” which tries to turn LGBTQ persons heterosexual.
Brees defends himself
Following the reaction by LGBTQ activists, Drew Brees stood in front of his locker in the Saint’s locker room and filmed a video statement.
Brees took issue with sensationalists headlines that tried to slant the story in a biased and non-factual way. In particular, the future NFL Hall of Famer called out an article in Big Easy Magazine that fell under the headline “Drew Brees records video for Anti-LGBTQ religious organization.”
“In the video, is there any mention of any group outside of just talking about National Bring Your Bible to School Day?” Brees asked in his response video.
“No, there wasn’t. It’s not written anywhere on it. I don’t say anything about it. The only thing I was promoting was encouraging kids to bring their Bibles to school on National Bring Your Bible to School Day, to live out your faith with confidence, and I gave my favorite Bible verse.”
Brees also wrote a response on his official Twitter page:
“Hopefully this sets the record straight with who I am and what I stand for. Love, Respect, and Accept ALL. I encourage you not to believe the negativity you read that says differently. It’s simply not true. Have a great day.”
Brees distances himself from Focus on the Family
Brees also said that he was unaware of the history of Focus on the Family or their anti-LGBTQ stance.
“I was not aware of any of the things they said about them lobbying for anti-gay [causes] … I was not aware of that at all,” Brees said. “And, again, the video itself was just focused on National Bring Your Bible to School Day. It was not promoting any group. Certainly not promoting any group that is associated with that type of behavior.”
“Because I know that there are, unfortunately, Christian organizations out there that are involved in that kind of thing, and to me, that is totally against what being a Christian is all about,” Brees added. “Being a Christian is love; it’s forgiveness; it’s respecting all; it’s accepting all.”
Fun facts on Drew Brees NFL career:
Drew Brees holds the most career passing yards (currently 74,437), most career completions (6,586), most pass completions in a season, highest career completion percentage, highest single-season completion percentage, tied for most touchdown passes in a game, second all-time passing touchdowns (520), has played in 12 Super Bowls, and was Super Bowl 44 MVP.