Drew Brees Not Struck By Lightning, Doing Fine Despite Scary Video
Drew Brees Not Struck By Lightning, Doing Fine ... Despite Scary Video
12/2/2022 7:46 AM PT
8:15 AM PT -- New video, obtained by TMZ Sports, shows the whole thing was, in fact, staged ... with Drew Brees revealing it was all an effort to make people aware of the gambling platform's "free lightning bets."
In the new footage, Brees explained the situation ... before joking again about being struck by lightning.
No, Drew Brees was not struck by lightning despite a scary video that appeared to show he was ... the NFL legend said Friday a bolt never touched him, and he's doing fine.
Brees relayed the message in a text to ESPN Saints reporter Katherine Terrell ... just hours after footage surfaced seemingly showing the ex-New Orleans quarterback in danger.
In the clip, which was apparently shot while Brees was filming a commercial for the sports gambling platform PointsBet in Catatumbo -- an area in Venezuela known for its consistent thunderstorm activity -- you can see a lightning bolt making a beeline for Brees' back.
Estrella de la @NFL @drewbrees fue impactado por un relámpago en el Catatumbo mientras grabábamos un comercial al sur del lago de Maracaibo. Pasó hace unas horas. Más información en breve... pic.twitter.com/b8PQdRpdtN— Rafael Hernández (@sincepto) December 2, 2022 @sincepto
The footage shows the bolt cracked onto the ground, sending the 43-year-old former football player and others scurrying away from the scene in a hurry.
It's unclear if it was all fake, staged or edited ... PointsBet refused to confirm or deny the situation in a statement released Friday morning.
"We are aware of the media coverage regarding PointsBet brand ambassador Drew Brees," the org. said.
"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."
Brees, meanwhile, had tweeted earlier this week that he was "excited to be flying to a top-secret location later this week to shoot the new promotional video for @PointsBetUSA."
We've reached out to reps for Brees for comment, but so far, no word back yet.
Originally Published -- 7:46 AM PT