Kobe Bryant Dunks on Laura Ingraham After Winning Oscar: We’re ‘Supposed to Shut Up and Dribble’

NBA superstar Kobe Bryant took a swipe at Fox News host Laura Ingraham in his speech accepting the Oscar for Best Animated Short on Sunday night.

The five-time NBA champion won the Oscar for Dear Basketball, a short film he made with Glen Keane Productions based on his Players Tribune letter of retirement.

Taking the stage with Keane, Kobe remarked that “as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble.”

“I’m glad we do a bit more than that,” he added, before offering his thanks for those who worked on the film.

That comment is certainly a swipe at Ingraham, who caused something of an uproar when she criticized former Kobe-rival LeBron James for speaking out about politics on her show last month.

“They’re great players but no one voted for you,” Ingraham said of James. “Millions elected Trump to be their coach. Keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”

That remark from Ingraham led to an extensive back and forth between her and James, and a number of other basketball players rebuked the Fox News host, including Kevin Durant, who called her comments “racist.”

Watch Bryant’s short film, Dear Basketball, here.

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