LeBron James takes issue with Drew Brees

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The toothpaste isn’t going back in the tube.

LeBron James, one of the best and most prominent basketball players in NBA history, has taken to Twitter to respond to Drew Brees‘ reiteration of his position from 2016 that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.”

“WOW MAN!!” James tweeted, with a facepalm emoji. “Is it still surprising at this point. Sure isn’t! You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee?? Has absolute nothing to do with the disrespect of [the flag] and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those men who fought as well for this country. I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitment. He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong!”

Some have suggested with a shrug that Brees’ comments shouldn’t be regarded as a big deal because he’s simply saying what he said in 2016, when Kaepernick’s protests began. But circumstances have changed dramatically since the original reaction to Kaepernick’s gesture. A clear and obvious tipping point regarding police mistreatment of African-Americans and people of color has been reached. Hundreds of commentators and athletes have acknowledged if not shouted from rooftops that the murder of George Floyd shows that Kaepernick’s protest wasn’t about the flag or the anthem or the military or anything but about police brutality aimed at minorities.

The talking points on which so many relief in order to deflect from Kaepernick’s message have been rejected by the events of the past nine days, especially with no anthems currently being played at sporting events because there no sporting events are currently happening. Kaepernick’s point has been proven in graphic, painful terms and, frankly, if his message had been taken seriously four years ago, George Floyd and others would still be alive.

67 responses to “LeBron James takes issue with Drew Brees

  1. Drew missed the point of Kaep just like most of the commenters here. He either did so because hes ignorant, or because hes malicious.

  2. Rich celebrities arguing for equality from behind their gated communities doesn’t really resonate with me.

  3. Glad LeBron spoke up! For a minute there I thought Brees was going to get away with being allowed to have his own opinion. We can’t have that!

  4. You stand for the flag, period. What happened to George Floyd was horrible and I stand with all people of color in effectuating that change, but kneeling disrespects the flag whether they intend to or realize it. That’s my point of view and if you don’t like it then so be it. I’m glad Brees is not backing down.

  5. Yet LeBron stays painfully silent with regards to China and human rights abuses. Keep cashing checks.

  6. Celebrities chiming in on something that hasn’t effected any of them… Other than the country closing down so their ego can’t be stroked by the public.

    Also, Jordan > Lebron and it’s not close.

  7. Ok, this is getting stupid now. Just play your sport already. If not then run for public office.

  8. Lebron James and his father ‘both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong.’ I suspect that most all of us feel that way about ourselves. Speaking for myself, it would never occur to me that the spectrum through which I view the world is even remotely definitive.

  9. God forbid the man have a different opinion. Fact is…MOST people in this country agree with Brees regarding proper respect for the flag and the liberty, freedom and sacrifice it represents.

    This is America. People have opposing opinions, always have. It’s okay. It doesn’t make anyone bad or racist or whatever other accusations the fly around these days. Good Lord.

  10. Floyd and Chauvin (the cop) knew each other, and worked together, prior to this (I know, nobody knew that).

    Curious to see how the defense spins this.

  11. It wasn’t just the flag with Kaep. Everyone conveniently leaves out the pig socks and the shirt idolizing Castro.

  12. In basketball terms, Jordan was a poet and LeBron is a printing press.

    LeBron lacks artistry, creativity and finesse. Jordan was maxed out on all 3

  13. Why do people place so much importance on a small piece of material with a few colours splashed on it? Stand, kneel or sit on the pan, it’s all the same at the end of tha day.

  14. Sorry but I don’t care what LeBron James or Drew Brees thinks, says or believes. I will say EVERYONE in this country has a RIGHT to their opinion and beliefs. If you don’t like it so be it, time to move along. Nothing to see here.

  15. I’ve asked this before and can’t get a straight answer….
    If someone kneeling during the anthem is not doing it to disrespect the flag, then why are they kneeling during the anthem? It there another opportunity during a game to express?

  16. Sorry, I agree with Drew Brees. Kaepernick intentionally disrespected something that many hold sacred knowing full well that he would offend them. Then he feigned shock when they are offended. If the NFL kneels during the anthem again then they will offend many fans a second time and they will pay a heavy price.

  17. “Floyd and Chauvin (the cop) knew each other, and worked together, prior to this (I know, nobody knew that).”
    .
    from what I’ve read, they worked security for the same club but likely did not know each other…if they had, don’t you think Floyd would have used his name?

  18. Imagine how lost you must be to think “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag” is a radical opinion.

  19. It’s getting to the point in this country where if you don’t exactly say word-for-word what someone else wants you to say, you are considered (fill in the blank).

  20. The flag is symbolic of the people. It should never be deemed more important than the rights and lives of ALL of the people. Ignorance really is bliss.

  21. as of kneeling during the anthem: because of the gravity of the issue involved, namely racism, it becomes a tribute to the flag. In the sense that deep in our heart, we believe that the flag is the symbol of equality and freedom.

  22. It wasn’t about the flag or disrespecting the flag ever Drew. And why is kneeling disrespectful anyway? Don’t you kneel in church to show respect?
    Don’t start this up again because it didn’t resolve anything. It just got hijacked and twisted.

  23. It is not disrespect for the flag or the military. It was an action to get people to take notice of the racial problem between police and african american men/boys. Why the hell people don’t understand this is the reason it is not being fixed…too many people are racist or stupid. Drew Brees is apparently stupid. Not saying anything would be better than the crap he is slinging.

  24. Would lebron take issue with it if Cam Newton, or Russell Wilson had expressed those very same feelings? Doubt it

  25. Right, because Drew Brees, one of the classiest players in the league, is the problem. I mean, give me a break.

  26. Better to Remain Silent and Be Thought a Fool than to Speak and Remove All Doubt

    If they voice their opinion then they should accept the backlash!

    It goes both ways!

  27. LeBron showed how woke he was when he said we all had to take a pause about being critical of China’s human rights record……

  28. I support the kneelers. But when you use something that is sacred to someone else to get your point across, you’re going to run into complications.

    To me, it’s completely obvious why Kaepernick kneeled, and ALSO completely obvious why a certain segment of the population is offended to the point of not hearing the message. (Even if I don’t agree with their offense.)

    For all of that not be obvious to anyone baffles me.

  29. “My father-in-law was one of those men who fought as well for this country. I asked him question about it and thank him all the time for his commitment. He never found Kap peaceful protest offensive because he and I both know what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong!”

    So because Kaep’s approach was supported by one veteran – your father-in-law – and a number of others, it’s the only truth when there were other veterans who were angered by it and felt it was disrespectful? Moral relativism is at the heart of this matter.

  30. And I thought a lot of you guys on here said you were going to stop following the NFL because of all the kneeling? Seems like many of you are still here.

  31. As an African American man who has been stopped, racially profiled and discriminated against many times in my life, let me say a lot of you privileged people are tone deaf.

  32. Nunya says:
    So because Kaep’s approach was supported by one veteran- your father- in- law- and a number of others, it’s the only truth when there were other veterans who were angered by it and felt it was disrespectful? Moral relativism is at the heart of this matter.
    —–
    That’s the same take I have on the Washington football team moniker. Tell me what your take on that subject is. Because I so often hear non natives say it’s ok because they know plenty of natives who are ok with it, therefore it should be socially accepted.

  33. The flag is sacred. So is the anthem. And neither have anything to do with NFL sports entertainment.

  34. I will say it again, it’s getting tiresome the media rams it down our throats like somehow, their opinions are far more important and we need to listen to them. What LeBron has to say is no more important than what anyone else on these comments sections has to say.

  35. Probably a good thing they signed Jameis Winston. What the heck is going to happen now once the season starts? A lot of his teammates are angry at him and this could really affect their season.

  36. I take issue with lebron james saying kneeling down during the national anthem has nothing to do with disrespect of the flag. Then why kneel at that time. It has everything to do with disprecting the flag. Wrong time to be taking a knee.

  37. bird2urmother says:
    June 3, 2020 at 7:57 pm
    Nunya says:
    So because Kaep’s approach was supported by one veteran- your father- in- law- and a number of others, it’s the only truth when there were other veterans who were angered by it and felt it was disrespectful? Moral relativism is at the heart of this matter.
    —–
    That’s the same take I have on the Washington football team moniker. Tell me what your take on that subject is. Because I so often hear non natives say it’s ok because they know plenty of natives who are ok with it, therefore it should be socially accepted.
    —————————
    False equivalence.

  38. Let’s not have the national anthem at sporting events anymore. Rather that than seeing these people disrespect our flag. Those people have a one track mind. There’s many ways to peacefully protest.

  39. Drew Literally does understand Why Kap was kneeling. He was disrespecting the flag and this country. IT’s that simple. Sorry Lebron

  40. fmc651 says:
    June 3, 2020 at 6:00 pm
    It wasn’t about the flag or disrespecting the flag ever Drew. And why is kneeling disrespectful anyway? Don’t you kneel in church to show respect?
    Don’t start this up again because it didn’t resolve anything. It just got hijacked and twisted.
    __________________________________________________________

    Totally agree

  41. There will probably be more respect for the flag when it starts to represent something worthy of respect.

  42. They come for him next they will come for you !!! It never stops. No body should die at the hands of another though

  43. I just wonder with all the people saying Kaep was being disrespectful, how many of you have ever said anything to the person standing around you that doesn’t remove their cap, drinks a beer, talks during the National Anthem.

  44. upnorthvikesfan says:
    June 3, 2020 at 5:02 pm
    Glad LeBron spoke up! For a minute there I thought Brees was going to get away with being allowed to have his own opinion. We can’t have that!
    —-
    Welcome to America. Where people think others criticizing your opinion equates somehow to not allowing it.

  45. They flag is a national symbol of us being united and should always be treated as such!

  46. This is exactly why lots and lots of people dislike Lebron.

    No one hated Micheal Jordan (except a very bitter Isiah Thomas, typical attitude in Detroit) or Magic Johnson or the late Kobe Bryant.

    LeBron’s legacy will stink forever and he will never be in the same category of the NBA greats.

    Go Away LeBron.

  47. nunya says:
    June 3, 2020 at 9:42 pm
    bird2urmother says:
    June 3, 2020 at 7:57 pm
    Nunya says:
    So because Kaep’s approach was supported by one veteran- your father- in- law- and a number of others, it’s the only truth when there were other veterans who were angered by it and felt it was disrespectful? Moral relativism is at the heart of this matter.
    —–
    That’s the same take I have on the Washington football team moniker. Tell me what your take on that subject is. Because I so often hear non natives say it’s ok because they know plenty of natives who are ok with it, therefore it should be socially accepted.
    —————————
    False equivalence.
    —-
    Lol yea ok. Your point is that just because a few certain people think it’s ok, that doesn’t mean its ok with everyone else and other people are still offended by it. EXACT same thing as I was saying. Hypocrite.

  48. So athletes and fans want to show their support for a cause..
    Here’s a thought… We used to have the national anthem as respect to the flag and the country. We used to then have a moment of silence for those to honor or pray or kneel or whatever they wanted to do to support your belief or cause. How about we bring that back?
    Stand for your country and kneel for your cause. Maybe that’s too simple huh? #everybodywins #backtobasics

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