LeBron James responded Thursday to a Fox News segment in which Laura Ingraham supported Drew Brees' controversial comments about players' kneeling to protest during the national anthem.
After a video circulated that contrasted Ingraham's response to Brees in which she said, "he's allowed to have an opinion," and a segment on her show from February 2018 when she told James to "shut up and dribble," the Los Angeles Lakers star offered this take on Twitter:
"The climate is hot. The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn't understand the people. And really don't give a f— about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked [up to] for inspiration. It was the president of the United States, it was whoever was best in sports and it was the greatest musician."
Brees received swift backlash Wednesday for equating NFL players' kneeling to protest systemic racism and police brutality during the national anthem to disrespecting the American flag.
"I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country," the New Orleans Saints quarterback told Yahoo Finance's Daniel Roberts.
Amid ongoing criticism of his comments, Brees issued an apology on Instagram.
James has been an outspoken political activist throughout his NBA career, including wearing an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt with his Miami Heat teammates in 2014 as a tribute to Eric Garner, who was killed by a New York Police Department officer.
He opened the 2016 ESPYS alongside Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul to urge fellow athletes to take a stand against violence and racial injustice in the wake of a series of shootings in Orlando, Dallas and Louisiana.