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Laura Ingraham Responds to Backlash Over LeBron James Remarks: ‘False, Defamatory Charges of Racism’

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham has responded in a statement after she came under serious criticism for her remarks last night on LeBron James.

Ingraham, to recap, mocked James for recent comments he made about politics and President Trump.

She said, “Millions elected Trump to be their coach. Keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”

Ingraham got a lot of blowback over this, including from Dwyane Wade and Chris Long.

Mediaite has received the following statement from Ingraham defending her remarks:

“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.”

Oh, and if you were wondering if Ingraham was going to talk about James again tonight…

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