Fox News host Laura Ingraham on Thursday insulted LeBron James' intelligence and said he and fellow National Basketball Association star Kevin Durant should not express their political opinions, comments that drew a strong rebuke from James' former teammate Dwyane Wade.
After her comments went viral, Ingraham said in a statement that James shouldn't be surprised he was "called out for insulting politicians".
Q: So how did her comments hit you when you first heard them? She also suggested that James should be a "cautionary lesson" for kids who try to leave high school early.
Sorry, Ingraham, but neither player is paid $100 million a year, and James did graduate high school. Ingraham ended her response by saying: "Oh, and LeBron and Kevin, you're great players, but no one voted for you. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble". James has been a vocal critic of Trump in the past, and this was no different.
On Saturday, James made clear he had no intention of taking her suggestion. He explained that he "will definitely not shut up and dribble" because he "means too much to society" and "too much to the youth". A lot of people enjoyed what we had to say, a lot more than just politics, which we didn't even talk about.
Ingraham apparently took offense and responded by chastising the multi-time National Basketball Association champion, calling his comments "ignorant" and falsely accusing him of "leaving high school early to join the National Basketball Association".
James has been politically outspoken, particularly in regard to Trump.
"To me", Durant said. You know, to be an African-American kid and grow up in the inner city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable, and to make it where I've made it today, I think I've defeated the odds.
"In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called "Shut Up & Sing, ' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush". She might actually enjoy being around us, and might actually feel inspired by being around not just me or LeBron but guys in our position, anybody of another color who has risen up and done something positive in life.