METAIRIE, La. – New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees raised eyebrows earlier this week when he told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that none of the players trust NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Wednesday, when asked by a reporter if he had anything more to say about it, Brees tried to clarify his comments, saying he wasn't trying to be disrespectful to Goodell.
“I was asked some direct questions about how the players felt and I gave a very honest and direct answer,” Brees said. “I think it was blown out of proportion a little bit when the headline was that I was blasting the commissioner. That’s not the case.”
Should any future clarification need to take place, Brees said that would come in dialogue between himself and the commissioner.
The topic was brought up by King in regard to the commissioner’s handling of suspensions related to an alleged bounty scheme the league says the Saints ran for three years.
Those penalties included a year-long suspension of coach Sean Payton.
And once again on Wednesday, Brees was asked about what it would mean to miss Payton this season and whether it puts the Saints “behind the eight-ball.”
“That may be the way people like to frame it,” Brees said. “That’s not the way we look at it. You can say it just adds a little extra motivation. It just puts another chip on our shoulder. But we already had a chip on our shoulder.
He added, “It seems to be the hot topic. For us it’s business as usual. You deal with it. Whatever comes your way, you deal with it.”