’It hurt’ - Moore says Brees’ national anthem comments will linger for awhile; talks about pandemic affects on NFL

’It hurt’ - Moore says Brees’ national anthem comments will linger for awhile; talks about pandemic affects on NFL
Former Saints wide receiver Lance Moore (Source: WAFB)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Lance Moore was a wide receiver with the New Orleans Saints organization from 2005 through the 2013 season and, during that time, he made 346 catches for 4,281 yards and 38 touchdowns.

Moore was recently inducted as a member of the Saints Hall of Fame. He played a significant role in the team’s run to the Super Bowl championship in 2009.

Perhaps his biggest and most remembered play in the black and gold uniform occurred during the team’s 31-17 Super Bowl win over the Indianapolis Colts in Miami. Moore made an acrobatic catch on a two-point conversion late in the contest that gave the Saints a touchdown lead, before Tracy Porter’s interception of Peyton Manning and touchdown return iced the triumph.

Lance Moore Interview - Part 1

Moore joined WAFB-TV’s Jacques Doucet for an hour-long Zoom interview Thursday, July 2, to discuss a number of topics from the past and present. Among those subjects was Saints superstar quarterback Drew Brees and his recent comments concerning the American flag and those who choose to kneel during the national anthem. Moore gave a very passionate and thorough answer on the subject.

He also talked about the almost immeasurable uncertainty about the NFL season in the new world of COVID-19.

“If a player gets it, they have to quarantine for 14 days and when they come back, are you expecting them to be what they were before they got it?” Moore questioned. “There’s a lot of different levels to it and then, it’s like, he was around his teammates all day every day before he tested positive. I just think protecting the players and their safety is more important than protecting the bottom line. That’s just how I feel.”

How would you feel about playing a game in an empty stadium?

“It would be weird. We practice in empty bubbles every day. You’re not focused on, even if you’re in a 100,000-seat stadium in Dallas, you are not focused on what’s going on around you. All that’s in front of you ... that’s all you’re focusing on,” Moore replied.

Drew Brees. Somebody on Facebook told me, ‘If Drew Brees is the enemy, we’re all in trouble.' I realize the timing and tone of his remark was a little off the mark but what’s your take a few weeks later and what he’s done since?

“Well, what I think what he said was bad - horrible timing, horrible take. And really, in the last three-plus years, he didn’t take the time to educate himself about what’s going on. And it’s sad that a George Floyd situation has opened a lot of people’s eyes, hopefully. For me, it hits home because he’s a guy I played with for so long and I thought he got it. I’ve had conversations with him and he’s been doing things to right his wrong. It’s going to take time. I love the guy, I’ll still cheer for the guy but it hurt and it was a bad, bad miss by him, someone who is always on point and he’s going to pay for it for a while,” Moore explained.

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