LeBron James criticized Drew Brees after the New Orleans Saints quarterback asserted that he would never agree with someone who did not respect the American flag (Photo: Yahoo / Getty)

LeBron James has defeated Drew Brees after the New Orleans Saints quarterback proved he would & # 39; never agree with one that & # 39; t the flag of & # 39; e United States of America & # 39; not respected.

The death of George Floyd has sparked angry protests and civil unrest throughout America & # 39; & # 39; last week. Floyd died after a white police officer, who was later accused of murder, was kneeled on the neck, leaving him breathless.

In an interview with Yahoo, he asked if he thought there could be a rise in players who kneel during the national anthem in a show of solidarity, said Brees, a former Super Bowl winner, & # 39 ; I will never agree with anyone who does not respect the United States flag of America.

& # 39; Let me just tell you what I see or what I feel when the national anthem is played and when I go to the & # 39; see United States.

'I see for my two grandchildren, who fought for this country in World War Two, one in the Army and one in the Marine Corps. Both risk their lives to protect our country and try to make our country and this world a better place.

& # 39; That every time I stand with my hand over my heart, look at that flag and sing the national anthem, that's what I think about it. & # 39;

The 41-year-old was subjected to a backlash on social media with fellow NBA superstar James under his criticism. The LA Lakers forward tweeted: 'WOW MAN !!

'Is it still surprising at this point? Certainly not! You literally do not yet understand why you did not kneel on one knee ?? Has absolutely (sic) nothing to do with the respect of the US and our soldiers (men and women) who keep our country free. My father-in-law was one of those. & # 39;

Brees later posted a photo on Instagram that said: "No one is born who hates another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People need to learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love. & # 39;

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ESPN approached the former San Diego Chargers star and offered him the opportunity to clarify his remarks, but Brees stood by his previous stance.

He said, & # 39; I love and respect my teammates and I just stand there with them & # 39; to fight for racial equality and justice.

& # 39; I also stand with my grandchildren who risk their lives for this country and countless other military men & women who do it on a daily basis. & # 39;

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