NBA champion LeBron James hits back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic in athlete activism spat. The four-time NBA champion James has hit back at Swedish football star Zlatan, saying there is no reason why he cannot have just as huge impact off the basketball court as he does on it.
In the U.S., James has been a force for social change. He focus his attention on racial injustice and police brutality against African American.
He was open regarding the police shooting of Jacob Blake last year in Wisconsin. And also against previous president Mr. Donald Trump, and worked with various other NBA stars to try and get Black people out to vote in the recent US election.
On Friday, James said, “I talk from a very educated mind. And I am kind of the wrong guy to go at as I do my homework.” after the Lakers 102-93 win against the Blazers.
LeBron James to Zlatan Ibrahimovic
James was replying to Ibrahimovic’s remarks earlier this week that athlete should “stay out” of politics. He also callied him out over his political involvement.
Ibrahimovic said, “LeBron is outstanding at what he’s doing. However, I don’t like when people have some kind of status, they go and involve in politics at the same time.”
In an interview with UEFA for Discovery+ in Sweden, the outspoken striker said that it is a “mistake” when athletes step out of their field.
“I don’t do politics. That is the very first mistake people do when they gain fame and they come in a certain status. Stay out of politics. Just do what you do best because it doesn’t look good,” said Ibrahimovic.
LeBron James helped found the More Than a Vote organisation which increased voter turnout in Black regions. The team organised 40,000+ volunteers to work at the polls in the federal election (Nov.).
He says winning championships is one thing but empowering and encouraging people and uniting Americans is just as rewarding.