LeBron James responds to Zlatan Ibrahimovic telling him to stay out of politics

'There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is,' the NBA star said.

2/27/2021 10:34:00 PM

LeBron James responds to Zlatan Ibrahimovic telling him to stay out of politics: 'There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is.'

'There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is,' the NBA star said.

with a promise that he will never just shut up and dribble.The Los Angeles Lakers superstar also pointed out that Ibrahimovic clearly didn't feel the same way about spotlighting social injustices when the soccer great called out racism in his native Sweden just three years ago.

The AC Milan striker and former LA Galaxy star criticized James and other socially conscious athletes Thursday in an interview with Discovery Plus. Ibrahimovic called it “a mistake” for James and other athletes to get involved in political causes, saying they should"just do what you do best, because it doesn’t look good.”

James responded forcefully to Ibrahimovic's stance after the Lakers' 102-93 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night.“I would never shut up about things that are wrong,” said James, who had 28 points, 11 rebounds and seven assists. headtopics.com

“I preach about my people and I preach about equality, social injustice, racism, systematic voter suppression, things that go on in our community,” James added. “I know what’s going on still, because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that's going through the same thing, and they need a voice, and I’m their voice. I’ll use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that’s going on around this country and around the world. There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is.”

James funds the I Promise School in his native Akron, Ohio. The third-leading scorer in NBA history also backs numerous initiatives pursuing social justice, voting rights and other progressive causes.James also made it clear he was aware of comments made in 2018 by Ibrahimovic, the Swedish-born son of a Bosnian father and a Croatian mother.

“He’s the guy who said in Sweden, he was talking about the same things, because his last name wasn’t a (traditional Swedish) last name, he felt like there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch,” James said. “I speak from a very educated mind. I’m kind of the wrong guy to actually go at, because I do my homework.”

Indeed, Ibrahimovic told Canal Plus that “undercover racism” caused the Swedish media and public to treat him with less respect and reverence: “This exists, I am 100% sure, because I am not Andersson or Svensson. If I would be that, trust me, they would defend me even if I would rob a bank.” headtopics.com

James and Ibrahimovic overlapped in Los Angeles for about 16 months from the summer of 2018 until November 2019, when Ibrahimovic went back to Europe. While Zlatan was unable to carry the Galaxy to an MLS Cup title despite playing exceptionally during two largely frustrating seasons, LeBron already won the Lakers' 17th NBA title in his second season with the club.

They also share remarkable similarities as two astonishing athletes who have remained among the world's best players deep into their 30s. The 36-year-old James is still one of the best all-around players in modern basketball, while the 39-year-old Ibrahimovic remains among Serie A's scoring leaders with 14 goals in just 13 league games for Milan.

Dennis Schröder, the Lakers' German point guard, gave his support to James and confirmed the obvious truth that Ibrahimovic's attitude is decidedly not shared by many European athletes.“Every athlete can use our platform and try to make change in this world,” Schröder said. “Zlatan, he’s a little different. Unique player, unique character.”

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KingJames until this loudmouth tells Nike to stop using slave labor on his shoes then I’ll never have any respect for this race pimp. Selective virtue signaling. This guy needs to grow up. Saying “my people” while u hoard billions isn’t embodying MLK. When was his voice when speaking up against Uighur genocide? China shut him down real good huh?

There's nothing wrong with this, but when you're as out of touch and ignorant as Lebron, it becomes an issue. Sorry dude, don't give a rats ass what you've got to say. Ur just someone who shoots a ball thru a hoop. Only people who care what u got to say r ur fans. LMFAOAY who is that idiot to tell LeBron what to do? is he an Authority on the subject or something?

LeBron KingJames... Salute!🖖 LBJ please continue to be an advocate for the marginalized. There is value in your voice. Mind your business and play basketball. That’s what your paid to do buddy. If he wasn’t a hypocritical hack then maybe. But you can’t talk about oppression in America and lick China’s b-hole at the same time

Being a basketball player doesn’t mean your voice on politics is more important than anyone else’s Where was KingJames when dmorey spoke for FreeHongKong ? The King has no clothes. And herein lies the problem: those gifted at playing a child’s game are granted vast wealth, adulation, and a large platform because they are ‘gifted’ in entertaining. The emphasis put on elevating our court jesters is a massive failing of society...

Team LeBron! But he is telling another athlete to just shut up and play. Hey Lebron SHUT UP AND PLAY I love how people think athletes and entertainers should ONLY comment on their profession and should never be allowed to have an opinion on ANYTHING else! What kind of idiotic sense does that make? What's more, the people that want to censor these people scream FREEDOM OF SPEECH!

Money!! Lol. He actually said 'I speak from an educated brain'... But every word form his mouth convinces me otherwise Really? Man I just lost so much respect for this guy. 🤦🏻‍♂️ Hey KingJames “king”? Lol how’s your ego doing? Seems somewhat inflated!! TuckerCarlson IngrahamAngle JesseBWatters JudgeJeanine greggutfeld RepMattGaetz RandPaul DanCrenshawTX dbongino bennyjohnson benshapiro

The Ugyurs would like a word, selectively outraged hypocrite... If an actor can become a President Ronald Reagan, why not a sportsman like King James with his popularity and flair. Zlatan should go back to Eastern Europe because he is kept out of politics by his pocket book! Politic is same as basic necessities w/o which you’re surrounded by econ., social,&political injustice. In other words, let your life ruled by corrupt power. KingJames Ibra_official latimes nytimes Reuters EmanuelMacrn PSG_Sverige BBC acmilan PSG_inside GretaThunberg

Telling a champion human being to stay in his lane is repulsive. LeBron: “Yes we do have free speech, but there can be a lot of negative that comes with that too.” His reaction to protests of the NBA doing business with China while they abused Hong Kong civilians. Google it. Let’s give our kids real people to idolize, not the popular/rich.

Sure would be nice if he used some of that money to make American made shoes. I love how people think if you are in sports or Hollywood you are not allowed an opinion in politics! Why not ? KingJames lol get off you high horse, you have a high school education and play a sport for $. You’re an entertainer; that’s all. No one cares what you think.

🖕🏿off Zlatan Ibrahimovic by making the statement he made was commenting on political commentary. Therefore he was making political commentary. Lack of awareness. LeBron..you are a warrior, on the court and off. We need your voice. Thank you for all you do! I'm actually surprised by this. In the ultimate team sport Ibrahimovic barely cares about the players on his own team, so why weigh in on a different sport in another country? Stay in your lane Zlatan

Remember when KingJames could have led the nba general strike during the summer when BlackLivesMatter protesters were in the streets fighting for liberation and he and Obama chose Capitalism instead? Never give up what you know your voice is the platform, I do respect you on this...keep ya head up bruh 😎

Its helpful to know what you’re talking about FIRST so that you don’t use your powerful voice and platform to misinform. Use your powerful voice. ‘Sports and politics dont mix’ they used to say but if there weren’t any sports boycotts against South Africa in ‘70s/‘80s - then apartheid may never have ended. Soccer is one of the most racist sports - in Europe, black players are often called monkeys. Zlatan wrong. LBJ you go!

Another white man telling a black man to shut the fuck up Freedom of speech Maybe the politics focus is why LeBron only plays at 40% until the 4Q in most of his games. SamSmithTweets He has a voice like anyone else. I never got how people think actors or people in sports don't have a say. They pay taxes and live in the US Just like they do (some do). Why wouldn't they have a say. Look at Ronald Ragan, Clint Eastwood and others. Some are very smart

What is your definition of Racist? Lebron does not like non-blacks. Therefore, he is Racist. Period! I don’t care what LeBronJames thinks Hey Lebron, don’t speak for all Americans on your behalf we don’t agree with your politics! Just trow the damn ball! LBJ became an awesome, intelligent and activist member of our country. I'll bet only 7% of our population know what he's doing for disadvantaged young men and women. THIS is the American empathy that HAD US the envy of the world. It's called EMPATHY

Thank you, LeBron. 💙 What about China and the Uygers? followthebenjamins. why doesn't he cast light on the atrocities in China? oh wait because it would hurt his check book.... what about child labor making nikes in Singapore? oh wait it would hurt his bank account- spare me the bs outrage. Keep up the good work Landon, you have influence and it matters!

I think he overestimates his platform. Positions on Issues are more important to my vote. Not the opinions of a self proclaimed king. That's the problem. The platform your on was not meant for political activism. Or when you were drafted did they ask you your politics? No....then dribble. Ibra_official is engaging in politics by engaging KingJames. Don’t forget too about Zlatan’s background. A son of immigrants from the former Yugoslavia, Zlatan knows pretty well what it means to belong to a minority group. His is a story about the minority Muslim Bosnians.

So insulting, Ibra_official! It is powerful, whatever you say, smart folks do the opposite 'I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is' - sounds like an admission of guilt by the Kang; he is using undue influence to control the uneducated or uninitiated If anyone should for once stfu it’s Ibra_official.

Hopefully LeBron will one day run for office & bc the 1st former NBA player be POTUS. Wouldn't that be something. I think he would win. Nothing beats a failure but a try. & There's a 1st time for everything! He is the best in his sport. Maybe he'll be best in his next life 😜!! 😂😂😂😂😂 where are the black rights groups and uproar? What happened to the MSM and BLM narrative that were before and during the election? Did the blacks lives improve after being used by the establishment and dnc ? Were their neighborhoods repaire after the riots? 😂😂😂

Tl;dr: Zlatan is a racist. UighurGenocide This chump lebron ain’t anywhere near the level zlatan is He can say all he wants. Dosnt mean he knows anything other then basketball As he keeps quiet about the human rights violations in China... I'd rather marry an FBI agent just for that fact she would have a job to do protect

What are lebron's views on Hong Kong? He has sick handles for his size, so we should respect his opinion on world affairs. Lol Who is this Zlatan and why would anyone care about his opinion? Who's Zlatan Ibrahimovic and what has he done outside the football pitch? Lebron couldn't have wasted his time responding to that serial clout chaser

👇🏻 Ibrahimovic is right The truth if bitter Lechina talking again 🙄