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Drew Brees: I Was Unaware of Focus on the Family's Views When I Shot Promo Video

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistSeptember 5, 2019

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA - AUGUST 09: Drew Brees #9 of the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at the Mercedes Benz Superdome on August 09, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
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New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees has responded to a video he filmed for the conservative Christian group Focus on the Family that has a history of lobbying for anti-LGBTQ legislation.

Brees addressed the situation with reporters Thursday, saying he "was not aware of any of the things they said about them lobbying for anti-gay, any type of messaging, or inequality, or any type of hate-type related stuff."

He also sent out a video response on Twitter:

Drew Brees @drewbrees

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. https://t.co/4RdTahE7EZ

Per Jenn Bentley of Big Easy Magazine, Brees appeared in a promotional video for the organization's "Bring Your Bible to School Day" event which appeared on Focus on the Family's Facebook page.

After the promotional video was released, The Advocate was among the outlets that expressed concern over the Saints star appearing with the controversial organization.

Focus on the Family, founded by James Dobson in 1977, has a long history of campaigning against equal rights for LGBTQ people that includes supporting legislative bans against same-sex marriage, LGBTQ adoption and transgender people using bathrooms according to their gender identity.

Brees has spoken out against bullying and discrimination in the past, including recording a public service announcement for Ellen Degeneres' daytime talk show in 2010.

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