The public feud between full-time basketball superstar and part-time political pundit LeBron James and Fox News host Laura Ingraham reached epic proportions on Friday when fellow basketball player Kevin Durant tried to portray Ingraham as “racist” for daring to criticize James’ political expertise.
But far from retreating into a shell, it was Ingraham who got the last word.
It all started, of course, with James’ ridiculous slam of President Trump while being videoed with Durant in the backseat of an Uber.
“The climate is hot. The number one job in America, the appointed person [Trump] is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f— about the people,” James said.
Ingraham slammed James and Durant on her Thursday night show for his “barely intelligible, not to mention un-grammatical, take” on politics.
“Must they run their mouths like that?” Ingraham said. “Unfortunately, a lot of kids — and some adults — take these ignorant comments seriously. 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. It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin, You’re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”
Durant was quick to pull out the trusty “R” card during an interview with USA Today Sports.
“To me, it was racist,” Durant said. “I don’t even know her name, whoever that lady is…I kind of feel sorry for her, because she’s not looking through the lens of being free and what that’s about. It feels bad that she doesn’t know what we came from, or who we are personally. 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. It might be inspiring to her as well. You never know. It’s kind of sad that she’s so close-minded.”
James pushed back with a tweet insisting he #willnotshutupanddribble.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 17, 2018
To which Ingraham responded with an invitation to come play on her “court.”
Hey King, Come play on my Court next week. You’re invited on the show anytime. https://t.co/CpXRl5jGzQ
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 17, 2018
And because it’s sadly necessary in this day and age, the Fox News host also issued the following statement addressing Durant’s “racism” charge:
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. 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. 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.
Will James come on Ingraham’s “court” to peddle his “barely intelligible” politics? Let’s just say hell is likely to freeze over first!
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