New Orleans Saints top cornerback Delvin Breaux isn’t planning on standing up for the national anthem anytime soon. The third-year star reportedly allegedly will stay seated for the national anthem for four weeks — possibly six — leading some Saints officials to question his patriotism and commitment to the team.
According to two sources who recently left the franchise, internal team documents officially denote Breaux as “sitting” for the next month and a half at the very least, indicating management is already aware of the development.
Saints coach Sean Payton briefly addressed the situation after today’s practice, indicating he is not happy with the recent developments.
“I know this is a thing right now for several teams and those teams and players can do what they want, but listen, my view for this franchise is the only thing that should keep a player from standing for the national anthem and showing respect to servicemembers for all the sacrifices they make is if they have broken legs,” Payton said.
NFL Insider for ESPN Ian Shittstirrer said Breaux is likely soon to be joined by many players taking a seat. Among those names Shittstirrer mentioned as sitting include: Dolphins QB Ryan Tannehill and defensive lineman Dion Jordan, Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, running back Bishop Rankey, and defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd, Redskins defensive back DeAngelo Hall, Rams running back Lance Dunbar, Bears linebacker Pernell McPhee, and Ravens tight end Crockett Gillmore.
Payton, while not directly addressing Breaux’s situation, made it clear how the team will likely handle any issues.
“I think it’s important to be out there in solidarity with teammates, but I wouldn’t want to get into specifics for any particular players. Let’s just say that players who don’t stand may not want to get comfortable here… I mean… same for those who do stand. No one should ever be comfortable. Everyone is on the block. Not just those who don’t stand. Make sure you include that ‘everyone’ part in my quote. The NFL kind of requires it as a C-Y-A now. But don’t include that part. Okay? You can stop recording what I’m saying. Will you put your recorder down. Seriously. Stop. Listen, you need to stop. Now. Okay, look, buddy, that’s it. Get this guy out of here.”
According to sources close to Breaux, the Saints cornerback is as patriotic and committed to the team as they come and clearly is being misunderstood. Breaux reportedly has been blatantly vocal to the team for months that his hurt leg was worse off than diagnosed by medical staff, going so far as changing his jersey to literally spell it out and pointing to it, which was met mostly with disregard by Saints management.