Laura Ingram Criticizes LeBron James; James Says Her Comments Were Racist

Conservative talk show host, Laura Ingram, and NBA star LeBron James, have been going one on one in a public battle. It started when James criticized Trump. Ingram criticized James. James is now complaining that Ingram's disagreement with him has 'racial undertones' and says he refuses to be silenced.

James and Kevin Durant spoke on an ESPN podscast, 'Uninterrupted', with Cari Champion. James was asked about his opinion on the current political climate in the NBA.

"The climate is hot," James said. "The number one job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f--k about the people."

"When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked to for inspiration or you felt like these were the people who could give me light. It was the president of the United States, it was whoever was the best in sports and then it was, like, whoever was the greatest musician at the time."

"You never thought you could be them, but you could grab inspiration from them...  At this time right now, with the president of the United States, it’s at a bad time, and while we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, that this is not the way," he added.

James complained that Trump is not a 'great coach' for the country and lacks leadership skills.

On her Fox show 'The Ingram Angle', Ms. Ingram attempted to remind people that Mr. James is not exactly a political analyst; he's a high school drop-out who only has a platform because of his athletic talent, not because he's well educated on any topic. Ingram slammed his grammar, his education and his position.

"Unfortunately, a lot of kids—and some adults—take these ignorant comments seriously,” Ingraham said.

"Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids: This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball."

She concluded by telling NBA stars to 'shut up and dribble'.

James responded to Ingram, who he said he had never heard of previously. It's not surprising, as it doesn't sound like James gets much balance in his political point of view. He started the hashtag '#wewillnotshutupanddribble.'

He also sent Ingram a slogan on Instagram that reads 'I am more than an athlete’. James also agreed in an interview that Ingram's criticism of him 'was racist'.

Ingram explained in a statement released by Fox, "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. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics," she explained.

"If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks - false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

"Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case - the content was unaffiliated with ESPN."

Source: SI, WGNTV
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