When A TV Host Suggested He 'Shut Up' About Politics, LeBron James Had A Powerful Response

"I will not just shut up and dribble."

LeBron James made it clear this weekend that he will not "shut up and dribble" — a response to recent comments by Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who criticized James and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant for speaking out about politics. 

In a video for UNINTERRUPTED, a multimedia platform co-founded by James, the Cleveland Cavaliers player said that President Donald Trump "doesn't understand the people." Durant added that "the country is not run by a great coach."

"Must they run their mouths like that?" Ingraham said Thursday on her show The Ingraham Angle. "Unfortunately, a lot of kids — and some adults — take these ignorant comments seriously."

"Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You're great players, but no one voted for you," she continued. "Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble."

James responded to Ingraham's comments on social media, posting the phrase "I am more than an athlete," which reportedly appears on the wall of the UNINTERRUPTED office. He also shared his thoughts about Ingraham during a press conference on Saturday for the NBA All-Star Game.

"I will not just shut up and dribble because I mean too much to my two boys here, their best friend right here, my daughter that's at home, and my wife and my family," James told reporters, via The Big Lead. "And all these other kids who look up to me for inspiration and try to find a way out. The best thing she did was create more awareness. I appreciate her for even giving me even more awareness. For me to sit up here, at the greatest weekend, NBA All-Star weekend, and I get to sit up here and talk about social justice, equality, and why a woman on a certain network decided to tell me to 'shut up and dribble.' So, thank you, whatever her name is, don't even know her name."

Durant also responded to Ingraham's comments on Friday, calling them "racist" and telling USA Today Sports, "That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think — or even louder."

During Saturday's press conference, James also corrected Ingraham's suggestion that he didn't finish high school. "I graduated high school," James clarified. "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. I think I've defeated the odds, and I want every kid to know that, and I want everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well."

On Friday night, Ingraham tweeted that James was invited on her show "anytime."

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