Laura Ingraham changes tune following Drew Brees backlash

On Thursday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham addressed the backlash she received for coming to the defense of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees the night before. The backlash, though, wasn’t just that she defended Brees. It had more to do with the stark contrast between her defense of Brees and his right to an opinion, and her rebuke of LeBron James and Kevin Durant when they expressed their opinions about President Trump in 2018.

Video Transcript

[MUSIC PLAYING]

LAURA INGRAHAM: Now, my defense of Brees led to an online chorus of people comparing those comments to previous comments I had made to LeBron James.

KYLIE MAR: On Thursday night, Fox News host Laura Ingraham addressed backlash she received for her defense of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees the night before. Brees came under fire on Wednesday for equating kneeling during the national anthem to disrespecting the flag rather than recognizing that kneeling is to protest police brutality.

LAURA INGRAHAM: He's allowed to have his view about what kneeling and the flag means to him. I mean, he's a person. He has some worth, I would imagine. I mean, this is beyond football, though. This is totalitarian conduct.

KYLIE MAR: But in 2018, when NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant expressed unfavorable views of President Trump, Ingraham had a much different response.

LAURA INGRAHAM: Must they run their mouths like that? It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. But keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.

KYLIE MAR: Ingraham was quickly called out on social media, including calls for her to lose her job. And on Thursday, Ingraham struck a different tune.

LAURA INGRAHAM: Every American-- every American has a god-given right to speak his or her own mind on any issue. And I think in order to heal and shed light on gross injustices, our country needs more dialogue, not less.

[MUSIC PLAYING]

More From

  • Kristian Alfonso quits 'Days of Our Lives' after 37 years

    Soap star Kristian Alfonso has left her long-running role on the daytime drama "Days of Our Lives." The actress has played Hope Williams Brady on the series since 1983.

  • Suzi Q - Excerpt

    Official Suzi Quatro feature documentary teaser, directed by Liam Firmager. The documentary is about the life and work of Suzi Q. This clip features Lita Ford, John Norwood Fisher, Chris Franz, Mike Chapman and Toby Mamis.

  • ‘Beavis and Butt-Head’ are coming back and other stories from this week

    Comedy Central is reviving “Beavis and Butt-Head,” with creator Mike Judge returning to write, produce and lend his voice to the iconic duo. Singer August Alsoina claims he was involved in an affair with Jada Pinkett Smith, with Will Smith’s approval, but a representative for the Red Table Talk host denies this. After receiving backlash from fans due to spikes in COVID-19 cases, Vanilla Ice decided to cancel his Fourth of July concert appearance.  Cyborg actor, Ray Fisher accused Joss Whedon, the replacement director of “Justice League,” of “unacceptable” behavior on set. Legendary comedian, Carl Reiner died at the age of 98.

  • Tom Hanks criticizes President Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic

    For many, the announcement on March 11 that Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson had contracted COVID-19 — news that coincided with the abrupt end of the NBA season — marked an alarming new escalation of the pandemic. Nearly four months later, the Oscar winner says he and his actress wife are “fine” — but he has some serious misgivings about how the United States has handled the crisis.