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Drew Brees, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, apologized Tuesday for comparing the NFL’s investigation into his team to the infamous stories about weapons of mass destruction which led to the second Iraq war.
“I apologize if the WMD comment offended anyone. Especially our military. There is no one I respect more than our service men and women,” he tweeted. “My WMD comment has nothing to do with politics or our brave military. Merely an analogy to show how media influences public perception.”
He previously made the comparison via Twitter, Monday after the NFL stated that players and coaches for the Saints deserved suspension for their roles in the bounty program.
Evidence for this program was presented to reporters Monday. The team’s computer system had files with slides with instructions to collect bounty money prior to the Saints’ loss to the Seattle Seahawks in 2010.
While no money was reportedly exchanged, the evidence of a bounty program led to the NFL calling for suspensions.
The program reportedly began in 2009 (when the Saints won Super Bowl XLIV). Under this program, Saints players would receive bonuses for inflicting injuries on opposing players.
Prior to the beginning of the second Iraq war in 2003, then-President George W. Bush stated that Saddam Hussein possessed weapons of mass destruction, which made it necessary to take military action against Iraq. However, no evidence that such weaponry existed or was in development was ever found.