Fox Sports 1 host Jason Whitlock criticized LeBron James’ self-made comparisons to Muhammad Ali and other civil rights icons from the sporting world in the wake of the Cavaliers star’s feud with Fox News’ anchor Laura Ingraham, reports The Daily Caller.
Whitlock is talking about a recent spat between the two celebrities but from different realms. In a new podcast, LeBron James talks about the current political atmosphere and calls President Trump a racist and says he “doesn’t understand the people.”
Ingraham obviously took time to respond to this ridiculous allegation saying that perhaps LeBron should get his GED before he starts trying to talk about political commentary and also told him to “shut up and dribble.”
‘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
“It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball,” she said. “Keep the political comments to yourselves. … Shut up and dribble.”
LeBron was then asked what he thought about her comments during a recent press briefing saying that he didn’t even know who she was until he saw the clip. LeBron goes on to say that he has been an advocate for children everywhere and even compares himself to Muhammad Ali and Martin Luther King Jr.
But Whitlock is not having any of it. He does not believe LeBron deserves to be compared to civil rights advocates like Ali and King Jr. In his podcast “Speak For Yourself” Whitlock calls LeBron’s assertions “well-intentioned” but “laughable.”
— Speak For Yourself (@SFY) February 20, 2018
“It’s laughable. It’s foolish. It cheapens the boldness and courage it takes to truly compete in the marketplace of ideas,” Whitlock says.
It’s not just people from outside the sports industry who are telling LeBron to stop talking about things he has no idea about, but it’s even people within his own industry.
“LeBron James is well-intentioned, but if he truly wants to be a powerful voice on social issues, he needs to have his sharpened by competing in the marketplace of ideas,” Whitlock flatly stated. “Or he can remain blind to the simple things he clearly doesn’t know.”
Perhaps LeBron should take a note from what everyone seems to be saying around him and just keep on doing what he knows best: playing basketball.