Fox News host Laura Ingraham hates it when sports and movie stars offer their political philosophies instead of sticking to their actual areas of expertise. She always calls them out, and she even wrote about book about it in 2003, called “Shut Up & Sing,” in which she criticized the Dixie Chicks and Barbra Streisand for trashing then-President George W. Bush.
When NBA superstar Lebron James claimed that President Donald Trump doesn’t “give a f**k about the people” of the United States, Ingraham — true to form — said on her show that he should “shut up and dribble” instead of commenting on politics. In response, James slammed her comments, calling them “racist”.
Prior to Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, he went on to tell reporters in Los Angeles, “We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” and referred to Ingraham as “whatever her name is”.
James also posted on his Instagram account the phrase “I Am More Than An Athlete” in lights with the caption, “We will not shut up and dribble.”
NBA star Kevin Durant later told USA Today that he believed Ingraham’s comments were racist. “Ignorance is something I try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment,” he said.
Ingraham responded with the following statement:
“I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’
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.”
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