At the Packers Hall of Fame Golf Classic, legendary Packers guard Jerry Kramer said current New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees is both stupid and an idiot. Or a stupid idiot. Overall, it was not very complimentary.
After this, legendary Packers safety Leroy Butler reportedly agreed, saying Brees was, indeed, an idiot.
For those who may be unfamiliar Brees has, in the past, been very uncomplimentary of retired NFL players. The quote that has haunted him the most is below:
There’s some guys out there that have made bad business decisions. They took their pensions early because they never went out and got a job. They’ve had a couple divorces and they’re making payments to this place and that place. And that’s why they don’t have money. And they’re coming to us to basically say, ‘Please make up for my bad judgment.’
Brees has since done a ton of work with the NFLPA to try and rehabilitate his image on this front, but every now and again some retired players drag this back into the light. It’s unknown what prompted the quotes from Kramer and Butler but we’ll find out soon enough.
Those of you in the Green Bay area will be able to see the quotes in a story that is set to run on on the local ABC affiliate, though I suspect ESPN may be picking this up at some point. Pat Mayo, from WBAY in Green Bay, indicated they plan to have embeddable video available later today.
UPDATE: Here is the full quote from Kramer, courtesy of Mike Fink of WBAY in Green Bay.
Drew Brees is stupid. He’s young, ignorant, has no experience and doesn’t know what the hell he is talking about. Life brings a lot of different things at you, and Drew hasn’t seen any of the bad ones yet. He’s been fortunate, but there are a lot of different reasons out there why guys can’t hold on to their money and it’s not really our position to judge whether they should have held on to their money or not. They need help. Let’s try and help them turn it around and get them going again. Let’s not say, ‘Hey, go bury yourself or climb in a hole because we don’t owe you anything.’ There is a lot of reasons why guys need help, and if a guy needs help, I think, it’s my responsibility to try and help, not figure out what he should have done or where he should have gotten a different education or what his momma should have told him a long time ago. If I were as smart as Drew Brees I would know all of that stuff, but I don’t.