NFL star Drew Brees said in a CNN interview that he was bullied as a kid because of his facial birthmark. The New Orleans Saints quarterback says that growing up with a birthmark, he “got all kinds of comments when I was a kid, about wipe that whatever off your face. They were trying to be malicious, they were trying to be hurtful.”
The mole, which Oprah Winfrey once mistook for lipstick and attempted to wipe off (um, awkward), has been on Brees’ cheek since birth.
This isn’t the first time Drew has spoken out against bullying. In 2010, he participated in the It Gets Better campaign, telling kids, “Making fun of someone because they’re different from you? That’s not being tough, it’s being ignorant.”
In this interview, Drew opens up about bullying he experienced as a kid, and how it motivated him.
Now, Drew’s fans actually wear stickers shaped like his birthmarks. Marketed by WhoDatMark, the stickers are available in black or tan, and come emblazoned with the Saints’ logo and Drew’s jersey number.
“I guess we’ve come full circle,” said Drew.
See the interview, below.
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