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12/09/2014 10:29 am ET Updated Dec 09, 2014

Bill O'Reilly Says Athletes Protesting Police Killings Need To 'Know What They're Talking About'

On Monday night, NBA star Lebron James wore an "I Can't Breathe" T-shirt on the court to protest the killing of Eric Garner. Several other Brooklyn Nets players were also seen before the game wearing the shirt. The move comes after five St. Louis Rams players came out onto the field making the “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot” gesture in solidarity with Ferguson protesters against the killing of unarmed teenager Michael Brown.

Bill O'Reilly took issue with this Monday night, suggesting that the athletes don't know what they're protesting to begin with.

"Pro-athletes have a responsibility to know what they're talking about before they protest on the company dime," O'Reilly said, to which Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer agreed.

"There are people in the public eye who, all the time, talk about things they know nothing about," he responded.

O'Reilly continued to argue that athlete protests are only valid if the players can articulately defend their statements, which he argued the Rams players could not do.

"They didn't even know 'Hands Up, Don’t Shoot' was debunked by the forensic evidence in Ferguson," he added. "They thought 'Hands Up, Don’t Shoot' was what actually happened. Their protest was based on a fallacy."

H/T Mediaite

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