Lakers' LeBron James Rips Drew Brees over Comments About Kneeling in NFL

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistJune 3, 2020

UNSPECIFIED - MAY 16: In this screengrab, LeBron James speaks during Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020 on May 16, 2020. (Photo by Getty Images/Getty Images for EIF & XQ)
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LeBron James didn't appreciate Drew Brees' comments Wednesday about protests during the national anthem.

The Los Angeles Lakers star provided a response in multiple messages on Twitter:

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men who fought as well for this country. I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitement. He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong! God bless you. 🙏🏾✊🏾👑

Brees said he wouldn't support kneeling during the national anthem because he believes it's disrespectful:

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Highlight: @readdanwrite asks @drewbrees what the star NFL quarterback thinks about "players kneeling again when the NFL season starts." @drewbrees: “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” Full exchange: https://t.co/MpCkFyOMed

Colin Kaepernick began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 as a protest against racial injustice and police violence, which met criticism in the league and among fans. The quarterback became a free agent in 2017 after six seasons with the San Francisco 49ers and has been unsigned since.

Brees was among those who criticized Kaepernick in 2016, saying it was "disrespectful to the American flag," via Mike Triplett of ESPN.

"I wholeheartedly disagree," he said of Kaepernick's method of protest.

The New Orleans Saints quarterback also said in 2017 that Kaepernick wasn't being blackballed by the NFL. Kaepernick filed a grievance in 2017 alleging the league and owners were colluding to keep him out of the NFL, and he reached a settlement with the league in 2019.

While Kaepernick remains out of the NFL, his protest is in the spotlight once again after nationwide demonstrations against police brutality and systemic racism over the past week. The protests were sparked in part by the killing of George Floyd while in Minneapolis police custody May 25.

White quarterbacks such as Carson Wentz, Derek Carr and Joe Burrow sent messages in support of the protests on social media. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell also put out a statement, noting there is an "urgent need for action."

LeBron, who has been active on social media supporting protests, thinks Brees is sending the wrong message.