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OSU basketball: Mike Boynton says Drew Brees' comments 'can't help situation'

STILLWATER — Oklahoma State men’s basketball coach Mike Boynton believes emotions have clouded some from hearing the message behind nationwide protests against racial injustice and police brutality.

He saw that Wednesday from New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees.

In an interview with Yahoo! Finance, Brees said he wouldn’t be OK with protesting racial injustice and police brutality if it meant disrespecting the flag. Brees apologized for his “insensitive” comments on Thursday.

“If we keep saying, or people keep saying it's not about the flag, and you keep telling them what they mean, then you can't help the situation,” Boynton said Thursday in a Zoom meeting with reporters.

Boynton, who is just one of two black coaches in the Big 12, watched the interview. He said he noticed Brees pivot away from answering tough questions.

And Boynton believes that will not benefit the situation.

“Until we can say, ‘I hear what you're saying, let's try to figure this out together,’ we're going to continue to have conflict,” Boynton said. “Because you can't take a question about people saying, ‘Hey, listen, we have a problem,’ and then talk about another topic because the two won't ever be able to help each other.”

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Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton claps during an NCAA men's Bedlam basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Oklahoma State won 83-66. [Bryan Terry/The Oklahoman]

Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton claps during an NCAA men's Bedlam basketball game between the Oklahoma State University Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU) at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, Okla., Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020. Oklahoma State won 83-66. [Bryan Terry/The...

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Jacob Unruh

Jacob Unruh is a graduate of Northeastern State University. He was born in Cherokee and raised near Vera where he attended Caney Valley High School.During his tenure at NSU, Unruh wrote for The Northeastern (NSU's student newspaper), the... Read more ›

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