“He’s allowed to have his view about what kneeling and the flag means to him. I mean he’s a person,” Ingraham said of Brees after his disrespecting the flag comments earlier this week. “This is beyond football,” she added.
James has now retweeted a video with a compilation of both instances, suggesting that the nationwide protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death are happening “because we are simply F-N tired of this treatment right here!”
“If you still haven’t figured out why the protesting is going on. 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????
He added: “And to my people don’t worry I won’t stop until I see CHANGE!!! #ShutUpAndDribbleThisPowerfulBlackManComingFullSteam.”
On Thursday, Ingraham responded to James’ reaction on her Fox News show, saying “every American has the God-given right to speak his or her own mind on any issue.”
“I think in order to heal and shed light on gross injustices, our country needs more dialogue, not less,” Ingraham said. “And we need more respect, not retribution.”
“Right now, Americans, I think most of them, are looking for reconciliation. That means politicians, police, and even cultural figures all working together. All of us.”
Brees was widely criticized by his fellow athletes for saying “never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag” when asked for his opinion about players kneeling to protest police brutality once the NFL season begins.
The 41-year-old has since apologized saying his comments were insensitive and lacked compassion and empathy.
“I recognize that I should do less talking and more listening … and when the black community is talking about their pain, we all need to listen. For that, I am very sorry and I ask your forgiveness.”
Ingraham and James have history after she told the LA Lakers star and fellow NBA player Kevin Durant pair to “shut up and dribble” after they criticized US President Donald Trump.
“Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You’re great players, but no one voted for you,” she said. “Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”