Drew Brees is just fine.
There was an uproar Friday morning when a video emanated of Drew Brees appearing to get struck by lightning in Venezuela, where the former star NFL quarterback was filming a commercial for the sportsbook PointsBet.
However, Saints reporter Nick Underhill tweeted that Brees is “fine.” And ESPN Saints reporter Katherine Terrell tweeted, “I just texted Drew Brees. He said he’s good and that he did not get struck by lightning.”
Before the all-clear, there had been concern on social media that Brees may have been in danger.
“We are aware of the media coverage regarding PointsBet brand ambassador Drew Brees,” PointsBet tweeted Friday morning. “We are in communication with Brees’ team and will continue to monitor events throughout the coming hours. At this stage we will not be making any further comment.”
PointsBet quickly posted a video of the NFL legend to let fans “in on a little fun” with Brees, which struck a rather cringeworthy tone.
“Just wanted to jump on and let you know I’m alive and well, here in Cataumbo, Venezuela, which by the way, is the most active hotspot for lightning the world,” he said. “And I’m buzzing — literally, so excited because PointsBet is giving away free lightning bets to customers, all week.”
PointsBet runs promos for “lightning bets,” which are live in-game bets that allow users to wager on immediate outcomes such as whether the current drive in a football game will end in a touchdown.
“Anyway, I’ve got to go, I’ve got to get back to set and finish this commercial,” Brees continued, climbing out of an ambulance. “Hopefully, lightning doesn’t strike twice!”
In the video, he then is cartoonishly struck by lightning, again.
The Post has reached out to PointsBet for further explanation.
The 43-year-old Brees is a future Pro Football Hall of Famer. He threw for 571 touchdowns and more than 80,000 yards in a 20-year career with the Chargers and Saints that spanned from 2001 through 2020. He twice won the AP Offensive Player of the Year award, made the Pro Bowl 13 times and led the Saints to a 31-17 victory over the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV in early 2010.