Laura Ingraham might have some explaining to do.
Uninterrupted, a media platform for athletes owned by LeBron James, released a video Thursday of the Cleveland Cavaliers star and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant talking politics — among other things — with ESPN’s Cari Champion. Unsurprisingly, the two NBA stars had choice words for U.S. President Donald Trump, whom they’ve both criticized in the past.
“The number one job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f*** about the people,” James told Champion. ” … And this time right now, with the president of the United States, it’s at a bad time. And while we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, (that) this is not the way.”
Durant added: “When we’re talking about leadership, and what’s going on in our country, it’s all about leadership. And I learned that from basketball. I learned a lot of life skills from playing basketball. You need to empower people, you need to encourage people. And that’s what builds a great team. And I feel like our team as a country is not ran by a great coach.”
James’ and Durant’s views on Trump obviously are fair grounds for debate. What isn’t debatable, though, is that the two men have just as much right to express their opinions as any other U.S. citizen. Just don’t tell that to Ingraham.
Here’s what the FOX News anchor had to say Thursday night about James and Durant exercising their First Amendment rights:
That’s bad, even for FOX News.
Dwyane Wade, one of James’ closest friends, responded to Ingraham’s remarks in a tweet Friday morning.
There’s a lot to unpack in Ingraham’s comments. Her remark that its “always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball” is odd, considering she gets paid $15 million per year to read a teleprompter.
As for her advice for James and Durant to “keep the political commentary to (themselves)” and “shut up and dribble,” well, the ignorance speaks for itself.
To recap: Two guys had opinions, someone deemed their opinions wrong, so now they can’t have opinions because they’re not paid to give their opinions. Unless, you know, the opinions are pro-Trump.
What a time to be alive.
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