Drew Brees Responds to Focus on the Family Controversy

Drew Brees in a short Instagram video addressing recent media controversy around his association with Focus On The Family, an organization known for its anti-LGBTQ stance.

This piece was updated at 4:58 pm 9/5 to include a statement given from Drew Brees at a press conference Thursday afternoon, and at 5:55 pm 9/5 to provide the full video and transcript.

This afternoon, New Orleans Saints star quarterback Drew Brees posted a video on Instagram addressing the recent controversy surrounding a promotional video that he filmed for Bring Your Bible to School Day.

Bring Your Bible is an event organized and run by Focus on the Family, a Christian religious organization well-known for their anti-LGBTQ stance and their advocacy for what is known as “conversion therapy,” also called “reparative therapy.” Brees’ involvement with the organization since 2010 was documented in our original article on the subject.

In today’s video, shown below, Brees states that the headline of our article, “Drew Brees Records Video for Anti-LGBT Religious Organization,”  was misleading for people regarding his association with Focus On The Family and the stance they take regarding the LGBTQ community.


“Hello everyone. There’s been a lot of negativity spread about me in the LGBTQ community recently based upon a article that someone wrote with a very negative headline that I think led people to believe that somewhow I was aligned with an organization that was anti-LGBTQ and so on and so forth. I’d like to set the record straight. I live by two very simple Christian fundamentals, and that is: love the lord with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. I think the first one is very self-explanitory. The second one, ‘love your neighbor as yourself,’ what does that mean to me? That means love all, respect all, and accept all. So that is actually how I live my life. That is what I try to do with my family, with my teammates, with people in my community, with my friends. All people no matter your race, your color, your religious preference, your sexual orientation, your political beliefs, it doesn’t matter.

“So the fact that these rumors have been spread about me are completely untrue. What I did is I filmed a video recently that was encouraging kids to bring their bibles to school for ‘national Bring Your Bible To School day’. To bring their Bibles to school, to be able to live out your faith with confidence and I even gave one of my favorite bible verses. It was as simple as that. So I’m not sure why the negativity spread, or why people tried to rope me into certain negativity. I do not support any groups that discriminate or have their own agendas that are trying to promote inequality. Hopefully that set the record straight and we can all move on, because that’s not what I stand for. Have a great day.”

In the posted video, Brees does not address his long-standing association with the Focus On The Family, during which he has appeared on their radio show, in articles, and the aforementioned video.

In a later press conference, Brees stated that he wasn’t aware of any of the anti-LGBTQ activities of Focus On The Family and that his video for Bring Your Bible To School Day was, “Not promoting any group, certainly not promoting any group that is associated with that type of behavior.”

The Bring Your Bible To School event is organized and run by Focus On The Family.


Jenn Bentley is a freelance journalist and editor whose work has also been featured in publications such as Wander N.O. More, The High Tech Society, FansShare, Yahoo News, Examiner.com, and others. Follow her on Twitter: @JennBentley_

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18 thoughts on “Drew Brees Responds to Focus on the Family Controversy

  1. God bless you Mr. Brees for standing up for your faith, and for being a hero our young people can look up to.

  2. Hypocrite! If you do work and radio talk spots for this group, you support their hatred and discrimination.
    Don’t try to hide your true self. You have lost, and will lose many more fans.
    Additionally, we will keep an eye on Focus on the Familyand your dealings with them.
    Come on over to our FB page and tell us how much you support the LGBTQ community, the name is Focus on the Gay Family. We will be awaiting your show of inclusiveness.
    I guarantee you if FOTF knew you support gays and our rights, they would drop you like a hot potato buddy.
    I pray both of your children grow up to be gay and toss those fictional books, filled with stores of hatred, in your face!

    1. I suppose if you look hard enough to find an insult in any statement, you can find it. You obviously live with hate which I suspect is self-directed. Drew Brees will not lose fans. Rather, the public is becoming repulsed by the hatred and intolerance you espouse and he will gain fans.

    2. Drew Bree’s knows The Word of GOD . Matthew 10:33 says But whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in Heaven. . So Thankful for men of GOD like Drew Brees.

    3. You are a piece of work and probably by the community you say Drew condemns. Hey guess what scumbag, he as a Christian who believes Gods Word as fact don’t need to even listen to or address your nonsense. Poor poor little snowflake so easily offended and a po po victim. Dude grow a pair and quit being a pantywaist. Drew Brees represents far more people Nation wide than a small so called diverse group you do.

    4. You sir are a true pervert for what you said about the Bible and your sick wishes. Wow the bitterness you portray is astounding. You truly are the subject of much in the Bible.

  3. Isn’t it a shame you can’t believe in God, read the Bible without out being smeared? The more you try to erase God from our country, the worse we become.

  4. My last text disappeared!
    Isn’t a shame a person of faith, who believes in God and reads the Bible is smeared by this rag of a publication? It is time todysndipfor decency!

  5. The original article, written about Drew Brees, was nothing more than a “hit piece” and a weak attempt to silence & smear the name and reputation of a good man. Shame on you, Big Easy Magazine! You’ve just proved, once again, that journalism is dead. Thank you, Drew Brees, for being a great role model in our community. The city of New Orleans loves you!

  6. Never going to support a Drew Brees team again.

    BTW, I’m a straight white male.

    But I have ZERO tolerance for bigots. You have declared yourself a bigot.

  7. Everyone — except the bigots themselves — knows that Focus on the Family is a HATE GROUP.

    So does Drew Brees, whom I will NEVER support again in any contest. His team can go straight to Hell along with him.

    PS — I’m straight and white — just VERY intolerant of BIGOTS and those who stand by bigots.

  8. What kind of so called publication is this? I admire Drew Brees being a man of God..You need to get down on your knees and pray to God to save your soul. I feel sorry for people like you. May God have mercy on your souls!

  9. God bless you Drew Brees for speaking from the heart. Don’t ever apologize for something you believe in. Let the naysayers out there do as they will. They always have and the always will. Stay strong, love your family and forget the rest!

  10. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness sake
    (I ❤️ Drew Brees AND Focus on the Family)

  11. I’m a New Orleanian, and I know Drew Brees to be a man of honor, integrity, truth and courage. He is also a man of faith who strongly believes in giving back to the community. It’s reprehensible that haters pursuing an ideological agenda would attempt to smear and malign this man. But it’s what leftists do. They lie, defame and slander. They have only their hate to hold on to, and they hate people of faith with a vengeance

  12. Hey it’s perfectly OK for Brees to align himself with focus on the family. It is his right enshrined in The Constitution. What he does not have the right do to is claim to support “equality, respect and acceptance” on one hand and on the other align himself with an organization whose sole purpose is to marginalize the LGBTQ community. Sure he used the LGBTQ in the past to pat himself on the back for being open minded and respectful. It is less than honest to equate this with him having the freedom and ability to express his religious beliefs. Not what it is about at all. This is about him not being able to have it both ways. And for his icing on the cake to deny he knew of focus on the family’s stance and activism on anti LGBTQ issues.

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