After Fox News host Laura Ingraham asked NBA star, LeBron James, to “keep his political commentary to himself” and told him to “shut up and dribble”, the Los Angeles Lakers player shared a video on social media and explained why athletes need to talk beyond sports.
James, who has been very vocal in offering his support the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement, also shared a video on Twitter where Laura Ingraham, the host who dismissed his political comments, was seen defending Drew Brees’s criticism of protests during the national anthem.
In an interview posted to Twitter, Brees told Yahoo Finance that he “will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America or our country.” Brees had been asked about his responsibility moving forward as somebody who is viewed around the league as a leader.
Brees’ public comments were his first following the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25. In the week since, people by the thousands have protested in cities throughout the country, with police often clashing with protestors and looters.
Sharing the video, James wrote, “If you still haven’t figured out why the protesting is going on. Why we’re acting as we are is because we are simply F-N tired of this treatment right here.”
If you still haven’t figured out why the protesting is going on. Why we’re acting as we are is because we are simply F-N tired of this treatment right here! Can we break it down for you any simpler than this right here???? . And to my people don’t worry I won’t stop until I see https://t.co/e4pJ0PvwJj
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 4, 2020
The Los Angeles star player also posted a video on Instagram and explained why he would never just stick to sports.
James wrote on Instagram: “You thought I would (zipper-face emoji)?? Yeah oook. I’m louder than EVER #blacklivesmatter.”
Tennis star player Naomi Osaka also took to Twitter and slammed those who have been asking sportspersons to not indulge in political matters.
I hate when random people say athletes shouldn’t get involved with politics and just entertain. Firstly, this is a human rights issue. Secondly, what gives you more right to speak than me? By that logic if you work at IKEA you are only allowed to talk about the “GRÖNLID” ?
— NaomiOsaka (@naomiosaka) June 4, 2020
Athletes from various sports have joined the ‘Black Lives Matter’ movement following the death of George Floyd.
Floyd’s death on May 25 has…