Laura Ingraham’s Double-Standard On Drew Brees And LeBron James

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Update (Friday): Laura Ingraham addressed her comments about Drew Brees on her show Thursday, saying “we are all children of God, regardless of our racial or political differences and therefore must be treated equally.”

Previously:

Fox News host Laura Ingraham admonished LeBron James for speaking out about racial and political issues, infamously telling the NBA star to “shut up and dribble.” Ingraham told James and other outspoken athletes to “keep the political comments to yourselves.”

Ingraham, however, has a different take on Drew Brees, and the immense backlash he’s receiving for saying he disproves of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. On Wednesday, Ingraham called the criticism of Brees “stalinist.”

What about the two cases is different?

The “stick to sports” argument has always been selective, usually only applying to Black athletes and sports commentators who advocate for racial justice. Case in point: those who eviscerated former ESPN anchor Jemele Hill for tweeting about politics on her personal account — the White House even campaigned for her firing after she had called President Donald Trump a “white supremacist” — often express outrage about Curt Schilling’s dismissal from the network for his offensive postings on social media.

“Stick to sports,” unless you agree with me, and in many cases, look like me.

Ingraham’s wildly contradictory viewpoints on James and Brees highlight this transparent phenomenon. In 2018, the acerbic right-wing pundit eviscerated James for criticism he levied towards President Donald Trump, when the three-time NBA champion told ESPN Trump “doesn’t really give a f— about the people.”

Ingraham called James’ take “unintelligible” and “ungrammatical,” before really laying into him. “It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball,” she said, per NPR. “Keep the political comments to yourselves. … Shut up and dribble.”

In defense of her remarks, Ingraham said she’s been insulting celebrities in that matter for years, pointing to her 2006 book titled, “Shut up and Sing.”

But yet, Ingraham didn’t tell Brees to “shut up and throw the football.” In fact, she hailed him as a free speech warrior.

In an interview with Yahoo! Wednesday, the Saints QB said he thinks kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner” is disrespectful to the flag. “I will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country,” he said.

Brees wound up apologizing for his remarks in a lengthy Instagram post Thursday, saying he is “sick” of seeing the way his comments were “perceived.” Notably, Brees did not take back his stance about kneeling during the anthem to protest police brutality, nor acknowledge why his original remarks were problematic.

But in Ingraham’s view, Brees didn’t have to apologize at all, because he has every right to express his viewpoint about social and racial matters — even though he makes millions of dollars for throwing a football, just like James makes millions of dollars for dribbling a basketball.

“I mean, this is beyond football, though,” she said. “This is totalitarian conduct. Th

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