LeBron James Blasts Drew Brees For Saying NFL Players Kneeling During Anthem Are ‘Disrespecting The Flag’

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Drew Brees is catching plenty of heat over his recent comments against NFL players kneeling during the anthem to protest brutality.

On Wednesday, Brees spoke told Yahoo Finance and said that he would never agree with someone being disrespectful to the flag when he was asked about NFL players potentially taking a knee during the anthem to protest brutality following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.

“I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country. Let me just tell what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I look at the flag of the United States. I envision my two grandfathers, who fought for this country during World War II, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corp. Both risking their lives to protect our country and to try to make our country and this world a better place.

So every time I stand with my hand over my heart looking at that flag and singing the national anthem, that’s what I think about. And in many cases, that brings me to tears, thinking about all that has been sacrificed. Not just those in the military, but for that matter, those throughout the civil rights movements of the ‘60s, and all that has been endured by so many people up until this point. And is everything right with our country right now? No, it is not. We still have a long way to go. But I think what you do by standing there and showing respect to the flag with your hand over your heart, is it shows unity. It shows that we are all in this together, we can all do better and that we are all part of the solution.”

Brees has been criticized by several prominent African-American athletes over his stance including LeBron James who blasted the Saints QB in several Twitter posts.