It has been reported through the Sports Central that NBA player LeBron James has called out Laura Ingraham on his social media handle for what he believes to the Fox host’s not being through and upright for supporting Drew Bree’s right to political free speech after previously telling him and other black NBA players to 'shut up and dribble.'
Through his twitter handle in response to the post that went against the treatment of Brees, a popular white quarterback, citing the way she do address black athletes, he said: 'We are simply F-N tired of this treatment right here!.
Meanwhile, Brees is said to have been taking criticism from James and even his own New Orleans Saints teammates on Wednesday after reiterating his disapproval of NFL players protesting racist police brutality by peacefully protesting during the national anthem, calling the demonstrations 'disrespectful' to the military.
However, Ingraham rushed to his defense on Wednesday evening. He said: 'Well, he's allowed to have his view about what kneeling and the flag means to him,' said the conservative talk show host. I mean, he's a person. He has some worth, I imagine. I mean, this is beyond football, though. This is totalitarian conduct. This is Stalinist.
Reported when James said President Donald Trump 'doesn't really give a f*** about the people' in 2018, she called the former NBA MVP's opinion 'unintelligible.'
She said as quoted by NPR and reported by Sports Central that: 'It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. 'Keep the political comments to yourselves. ... Shut up and dribble. James has since produced a docu-series on Showtime titled 'Shut up and dribble.'
Also, Ingraham's 180 on the subject did not go unnoticed. In his twitter account, he said: 'Laura Ingraham to LeBron and KD: 'Shut up and dribble!' read a post from Complex Sports. 'To Drew Brees: 'He's allowed to have an opinion.
In another twitter account, James responded to the Complex Sports tweet: 'If you still haven't figured out why the protesting is going on. (sic) 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???? 'And to my people don't worry I won't stop until I see CHANGE!!!'
James added a hashtag: '#ShutUpAndDribbleThisPowerfulBlackManComingFullSteam.'
However, other athletes also weighed in, including Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen: 'Wow... so Bron and [Kevin Durant] need to shut up and dribble... but DREW BREES (white man) can have opinions... RACISM!'
Meanwhile, ex-NBA player Josh Childress seemed to suggest race played a factor in Ingraham's about-face: 'I wonder what changed her opinion on the matter.' Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans called Ingraham 'f***ing disgusting.
James on Wednesday slammed Brees's claim that athlete protests during the national anthem are disrespectful to the military, saying the Saints quarterback is misinterpreting the peaceful demonstrations that began in the NFL with Colin Kaepernick in 2016. Brees's public comments were his first following the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd, who died in Minneapolis police custody on May 25, sparking nationwide protests over racist police brutality, the same issue some NFL players have been protesting during the national anthem since 2016.
As the demonstrators kept protesting about Floyd's killing in New Orleans on Wednesday night were heard chanting 'f*** Drew Brees,' who had been one of the city's most celebrated residents over the last decade since winning Super Bowl XLIV. Other Saints fans were seen burning his replica jersey.
Brees has also been criticized by Saints teammates Cameron Jordan, Michael Thomas, and Malcolm Jenkins, the latter of whom told the 41-year-old quarterback to be quiet. However, Thomas and a few other teammates have since publicly forgiven Brees.
However, Brees on Thursday had to have her say about the criticism.
Bree’s apology continued: 'In an attempt to talk about respect, unity, and solidarity centered around the American flag and the national anthem, I made comments that were insensitive and completely missed the mark on the issues we are facing right now as a country. 'They lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy. Instead, those words have become divisive and hurtful and have misled people into believing that somehow I am an enemy. This could not be further from the truth, and is not an accurate reflection of my heart or my character.
The best that would happen in this case as regards the death of George Floyd is to bring those involved to face the law in full course..