LeBron James is among many athletes who are speaking out against Drew Brees' ignorant comments. Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

LeBron James, others react to Drew Brees' comments on anthem protests

On Wednesday, New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees made headlines when he spoke about players potentially kneeling during future renditions of "The Star-Spangled Banner" following the killing of George Floyd, the unarmed African American man who died while in Minneapolis police custody on May 25. 

Brees told Yahoo Finance:

"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.”

Teammate and New Orleans wide receiver Michael Thomas wasn't thrilled with Brees after that interview went public: 

Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James also criticized Brees' comments about the protest sparked by former San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick in 2016.

"You literally still don’t understand why Kap was kneeling on one knee??" James wrote:

49ers cornerback Richard Sherman said that Brees was "beyond lost" via the social media platform:

Brothers Devin McCourty and Jason McCourty, both cornerbacks for the New England Patriots, tweeted Brees' comments were disgraceful:

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs simply said, "This ain't it":

Peter Rosenberg of ESPN New York 98.7 inducted Brees into the "You're missing the point white privilege hall of fame club" (language warning):

WWE performer Mustafa Ali, a former police officer, seemed to address Brees' words when he wrote: "You’re not ignorant if you don’t know. You’re ignorant when you refuse to know."

Zac Wassink is a football and futbol aficionado who is a PFWA member and is probably yelling about Tottenham Hotspur at the moment. Erik Lamela and Eli Manning apologist. Chanted for Matt Harvey to start the ninth inning of Game 5 of the 2015 World Series at Citi Field. Whoops. You can find him on Twitter at @ZacWassink

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