Lebron James And Kevin Durant Cry Racism When Told To Shut Up And Dribble
After cursing out Donald Trump, LeBron James and Kevin Durant are shocked that Laura Ingraham at Fox News would tell them to shut up and just do their jobs.
Recently, the Fox host responded to the comments made this week by the two stars, LeBron in particular about Donald Trump and they’re both looking to be victims.
Ingraham’s response to the political commentary from the athletes was to “shut up and dribble” after asking: “Must they run their mouths like that?”
'Shut up and dribble' — Fox News's Laura Ingraham to LeBron and Kevin Durant after their criticism of President Trump pic.twitter.com/0BlokQDIIl
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 16, 2018
Background And Video
The video in question was sponsored by Uninterrupted, a digital sports network and Uber The video included Kevin Durant and LeBron James, two of the NBA’s biggest stars. In the 16 minute video recorded last month, LeBron said about Trump:
“The number one job in America… is someone who doesn’t understand the people, and really doesn’t give a f**k about the people.”
The conversation was moderated by ESPN’s Cari Champion, who then asked for opinions on how people have the incorrect belief that having money means that a black person will no longer experience racism. LeBron said that he once had a racial slur painted onto his property, therefore money will not “shield” all black men from racism.
Previously, LeBron tweeted at Trump to call him a bum after Trump withdrew an invitation to the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House after their players Steph Curry and Kevin Durant waffled over the visit.
Stephen Curry pretty forceful on his thoughts about Trump and possible White House visit pic.twitter.com/Ubj6V91EsL
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 22, 2017
Big words from Curry. Here’s Trump’s response to the disrespect:
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Steph Curry may be disrespectful to Trump, but below you can still see that he’s still a better role model than Durant and James.
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain't going! So therefore ain't no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
No Argument? Racism!
Speaking to the media after hearing Ingraham’s comments, Kevin Durant called her “racist” and “ignorant.”
“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… I think what me and LeBron did [on that video] the other day when it came out, I thought it was great.”
Being labelled a star basketball player is now a mark of racism. The sport was invented by a white Canadian, and now its biggest stars are black Americans, therefore racism.
As for LeBron James, he’s pretending that the joke is still on Ingraham. This is what Durant is praising:
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 17, 2018
Real Role Models in the NBA?
Despite his rejection of the President, Steph Curry, 29 gets points for sticking to this guns. Curry once had a contract with Nike to produce shoes, but broke his contract to work with Under Armour instead. The reason for the move was so that Curry could promote his Christian beliefs under this sponsorship.
Curry’s NBA jerseys were only second in sales to LeBron’s, and his shoe in alludes to Philippians 4:13:
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (KJV)
After the kerfuffle with the White House disinvitation that had Trump insulting Curry over Twitter, Under Armour gave a quiet response:
.@UnderArmour stands for the flag and by our Athletes for free speech, expression and a unified America.
— Under Armour News (@UAnews) September 23, 2017
Earlier this week, Michael Jordan was held up as an example of professional behavior in an email sent to Air Force cadets. In particular, the letter was about the poor grooming, and the sender chose the greatest basketball player of all time as a cultural touchstone. Cadets and another staff member decided to accuse the email of being full of microaggressions for stating:
“[Jordan] was never seen with a gaudy chain around his neck, his pants below his waistline, or with a backwards baseball hat on during public appearances.”
The Academy apologized for the offense caused by the letter sent from the desk of Master Sgt. Zachary Parish, and our very own Joe the Plumber responded that “the military is the last place to do social experiments.”
LeBron Is Sometimes Right
In 2014 during the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, LeBron suggested that “violence is not the answer” to the outcome of the trial:
“What does that actually do? Just hurt more families, hurt more people, draw more attention to things that shouldn’t even be going on instead of people going to the family’s household and praying with them… burning down things and shooting up things and running cars into places and stealing and stuff like that, what does that do? It doesn’t make you happy.”
A broken clock is still right twice a day.
But don’t quit your day job.
Sources: Sports Illustrated, Baltimore Sun, CBS Sports