LeBron James returned to Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday after the soccer star quoted that James and other famous people should stay out of politics.
“There is no way I would just stick with the sport,” James told reporters after the Lakers beat the Trail Blazers in Los Angeles. “Because I understand how this platform – how powerful my voice is.”
James said he was “preaching” on “inequality, social injustice, racism (and) systematic oppression of voters”.
LeBron responded after Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticized him for his activism.
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James was also proud that Renee Montgomery became a partner in the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream earlier in the day. He said asking her what would have happened “if I had shut up and just dripped”.
James said in January that he was interested in putting together a group to buy the franchise and oust co-owner Kelly Loeffler. Dream players fought Loeffler in the 2020 election cycle because of Loeffler’s stance as a US Senator. Republican Loeffler lost a runoff election on January 5th against Democratic challenger Raphael Warnock.
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Ibrahimovic essentially told James and other folks who achieved fame to stay on in their footsteps.
“”[James] is phenomenal in what he does, but I don’t like it when people have status, they go and do politics at the same time, “AC Milan told Discovery + in Sweden. Do what you are good at. Do the category you do. I play soccer because I play the best soccer.
“I don’t do politics. If I were a political politician, I would do politics. That’s the first mistake people make when they become famous and have a certain status. Stay out of it. Just do what you do . ” best because it doesn’t look good. “
James, who is a partner in Premier League giant Liverpool, tried to turn the tables on Ibrahimovic by referring to the striker’s claim a few years ago that he himself was the target of racism in his Swedish homeland.
“It’s funny that he said because I believe in 2018 he was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden to talk about the same thing because his last name wasn’t a specific last name that he believed was Racism started when he was out on the square. Right? He said that, right? Yes. I thought he said that.
“I speak from a very educated mind. I’m a little wrong for doing my homework.”
James’ memory was slightly falsified. Ibrahimovic told a French interviewer in 2018 that the Swedish media practiced “latent racism” in their coverage of him because “they do not accept me as Ibrahimovic”.
“If another player made the same mistakes as me, they would defend him. If it is me, they don’t defend me. But it’s okay, it made me stronger,” Ibrahimovic was quoted as saying.
“I’m talking about racism. I’m not saying that it is alleged racism, but latent racism. That’s it, I’m sure. If my name was Svensson or Andersson or if I were blonde, they would defend me, even if they were I robbed a bank, “he added.
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