Fox News' Laura Ingraham defended Trump and had a message for James on Thursday night. She later concluded the segment by saying James and Durant should "shut up and dribble", a reference to her book, "Shut Up & Sing".
"Late Friday, James issued a response in the form of a photo uploaded to his Instagram account that read "I am more than an athlete" and included the hashtag "#wewillnotshutupanddribble". "That was definitely an ignorant comment". Ingraham also belittled James for leaving the NBA Draft directly after high school as she said it wasn't wise to "seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball".
But the tone of "they" and "shut up and dribble" speaks volumes of ignorance that don't need any justifying. "(Which I'm cool with... it's his right.) Unless it's just about you needing to feel like you've got control of athletes like Lebron".
"Must they run their mouths like that", Ingraham said.
They use to try and hide it. now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths. "This is the best weekend in the National Basketball Association, where all the countries in the entire world come watch the greatest players in the world ... and I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network told me to shut up and dribble. You either cave in to that notion or you say, you know what, I'm going to paint over this gate and make it taller".
Ingraham was provoked by comments James made on the Uninterrupted Rolling With Champion podcast where he said Trump doesn't "give a f*ck about the people". "Not just me or LeBron but guys in our position", he explained, "anybody of another color who has risen up and done something positive in life.It's kind of sad that she's so close-minded". "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", she said.