Drew Brees Defends Teammates With Tweet

The Saints franchise quarterback releases a controversial tweet in response to his teammate's 'bountygate' court hearing.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

Drew Brees is the unquestioned heart and soul of his New Orleans Saints team and even though he doesn't have a long term contract at this time, nothing is going to change that fact. So when news came out on Monday that his teammate's appeals hearing didn't go well, he did what any natural leader would do and jumped to his boy's defense.

Unfortunately, he used more heart than head in his support and hit send on a tweet that he may end up regretting.

"If NFL fans were told there were 'weapons of mass destruction' enough times, they'd believe it. But what happens when you don't find any????," Brees wrote on the social media site.

This obvious reference to the whole George Bush-Iraq fiasco is once again crossing a line that athletes tend to often cross in comparing sports to war, and in this case, doesn't even appear to be an accurate example.

The NFL, in presenting their side of things, released to the media Monday the evidence they collected and used to determine the suspensions and the people involved and suffice it to say, a bounty system was clearly in place.

The most damning and eye-opening evidence came in the form of a slide shown that clearly shows the Saints guilt. The slide was from January 7, 2011 and was shown before the Saints' playoff loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

It read as follows.

"Now's the time to do our jobs, collect bounty $. No apologies. Let's go hunting,"

This was accompanied by a bunch of dollar bills and a picture of Duane Chapman, a.k.a. "Dog the Bounty Hunter."

That slide, along with other evidence just as damning, including testimony from the man supposedly responsible for it all, Greg Williams, is more than enough to validate the fact that these players and coaches needed punished.

People are always going to believe what they want to believe, and sometimes, no amount of 'facts' or 'evidence' can be enough to sway them; so you can't really blame Brees for sticking by his current and former teammates and coaches.

But let's get real Drew, unlike that time in Iraq, there is clearly something going on here. Now get off your phone and get back to working out a long-term contract so the city has something to look forward to.

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