June 5, 2020 | 9:43am | Updated June 5, 2020 | 11:07am
LeBron James is continuing his full-court press on Drew Brees by shifting his ire to Fox News host Laura Ingraham after she defended the Saints quarterback, saying he’s “allowed to have his view” on political issues.
Ingraham, who told the Lakers star in 2018 to “shut up and dribble,” chimed in on the ongoing controversy between James and the Saints quarterback during a segment Wednesday.
“He’s allowed to have his view about what kneeling and the flag means to him,” Ingraham told a guest. “I mean, he’s a person. He has some worth, I would imagine. I mean, this is beyond football, though. This is totalitarian conduct.”
The segment apparently struck a chord with James, who retweeted a video clip Thursday of the host’s 2018 comments telling him to stick to sports along with new commentary.
“If you still haven’t figured out why the protesting is going on,” James tweeted. “Why we’re acting as we are is because we are simply F-N tired of this treatment right here! Can we break it down for you any simpler than this right here?”
James also vowed to keep advocating until he sees “CHANGE” regarding policing in America.
“#ShutUpAndDribbleThisPowerfulBlackManComingFullSteam,” James wrote in a follow-up tweet.
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Ingraham later responded to James’ criticism during her show Thursday, saying every American has the “God-given right” to speak his or her mind on any issue.
“I think in order to heal and shed light on gross injustices, our country needs more dialogue, not less,” she said. “And we need more respect, not retribution.”
Most Americans right now are looking for “reconciliation,” Ingraham said.
“That means politicians, police and even cultural figures all working together,” she continued. “All of us.”
Brees, 41, was widely criticized for saying he could “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag” when asked by Yahoo Sports about the possibility of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem this upcoming season, as Colin Kaepernick and other players did in 2016.