Laura Ingraham Really Wants LeBron to Stop Talking About Politics: ‘Shut Up and Dribble’
Fox News’ Laura Ingraham isn’t too keen on NBA superstars blasting President Donald Trump, it would appear. And if you are someone who jumped straight to the NBA from high school, she’d really appreciate it if you kept your political comments to yourself.
Highlighting LeBron James’ recent UNINTERRUPTED video piece in which the Cleveland Cavs star said Trump doesn’t “give a fuck about the people,” Ingraham blasted the multi-time world champ for “his barely intelligible take.”
After snarking that fellow superstar Kevin Durant also had something to say during the podcast about Trump’s racist comments — she made sure to use air quotes there — Ingraham then finished her mini-monologue by essentially saying James should keep his mouth shut.
“I’m numb to this commentary. Must they run their mouth like that? A lot of kids and some adults take these ignorant comments seriously. 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. Someone gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. They’re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. Keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”
It was noted by one Twitter user after the broadcast aired that while Ingraham may want LeBron to “shut up and dribble,” there was another athlete she just couldn’t stop talking about.
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— Kilgore Trout (@KT_So_It_Goes) February 16, 2018
UPDATE 4:52 PM ET 2/16/2018: Mediaite received the following statement from Laura Ingraham:
“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.”
Watch the clip above, via Fox News.
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