Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James is airing out his issues with Drew Brees. The three-time NBA champion has ripped the former Super Bowl winner for criticizing NFL players for kneeling during the national anthem.

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King James went to Twitter Wednesday and didn’t hold back. LeBron shared his shocked reaction to Drew’s now-viral comments and shared his disgust in him not realizing the movement is a protest against police brutality.

“WOW MAN!! 🤦🏾‍♂️. 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 🇺🇸 and our soldiers(men and women) who keep our land free. My father-in-law was one of those” -LeBron James’ Twitter

Everyone Reacts

Over the past few hours, everyone from sports to hip-hop have reacted to Brees’ headline-generating remarks. Hot 97 radio veteran Funk Flex publicly ripped Drew for not understanding the message behind players kneeling.

“Wow… after @kaepernick7took a knee.. #GeorgeFloyd dies from a knee.. during a time when America is divided.. @drewbrees finds time to let us know… “he will never agree with disrespecting the flag and players shouldn’t take a knee next season” Watch his body language and his face! Disgusting! But are we surprised? His statement echos the @NFL 1000 percent! As he participated in #blackouttuesday and 70percent of his team is African American and the city he plays in is 50 percent African American! FOH! @tmz_tv vid says it all! @drewbrees nobody cares about your grandparents “struggle” right now! Typical privileged athlete that lives off the culture but frowns on the culture at the same time! #JustMyOpinion” -Funk Flex’s Instagram

“We don’t care if you don’t agree and whoever else how about that. He don’t know no better.” -Michael Thomas’ Twitter

Wait, There’s More

In Brees’ initial interview, he explained his issues with players kneeling. Instead of addressing police brutality, Drew said he felt respecting the flag meant more.

“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.” (Yahoo Finance)

Before You Go

The drama comes following the death of black man George Floyd at the hands of law enforcement and NFL free agent Colin Kaepernick becoming a household name by protesting police brutality by kneeling before games.

Four years later and we are still in a holding pattern regarding race relations in this country, evidence by the brutal, unwarranted murder of George Floyd, 46, by four Minneapolis police officers last week. However, the tragic event has sparked a response from people of all walks of life who have protested over the past nine days in cities all over the world, in opposition of police brutality, division and other racist, suppressive tactics. (NJ)