Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Fox News host Laura Ingraham denies racism in dispute with LeBron James

Fox News host Laura Ingraham denies racism in dispute with LeBron James

The 14-time National Basketball Association all-star was responding to comments by Fox News presenter Laura Ingraham who said sports stars should stay out of politics, claiming James should "shut up and dribble".

"There was a time where athletes felt they shouldn't speak up about things or they didn't feel the courage to speak up about what were going on. That just goes to show you where we are as a country right now". "When there's a problem affecting one part of the society, it becomes the responsibility of everybody". She urged James and Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant to refrain from political commentary. "James in particular earned her ire for saying, "[Trump] really don't give a (expletive) about the people....

At an National Basketball Association news conference on Saturday, James reiterated his stance, telling reporters that he and fellow players "will definitely not shut up and dribble". "I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don't have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they're in".

He also said, "Everyone, not just LeBron" should offer their voice to social and political causes.

Rapaport, who most recently starred in TV series "Atypical" and "White Famous", regularly rails on people he disagrees with on his social media, most recently bashing John Oliver for confronting Dustin Hoffman about sexual harassment allegations.

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The plan is to split up into teams of three to five students and visit with legislators individually, he said. They pushed aside police blocking the front of the school and a sea of students ran out.

James, who a year ago called the President a "bum" on Twitter, said the climate "is hot".

"I do it because I am passionate about it", he said. I don't think so.

"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". Unfortunately, a lot of kids and some adults take these ignorantcomments seriously. So, thank you, whatever her name is.

"This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school early to join the NBA", Ingraham said. It seems as if the players do not want to know her name, but instead want to continue to spread equality throughout the world. They then care enough to speak out, and sometimes at great risk to themselves, because it's not lost on them that there are some people who will disagree with them. We're brothers. We've got family to look after.

Said Raptors coach Dwane Casey: "That's the worst and most asinine thing that I've heard". Those guys have earned the right to have an opinion. My own theory has always been that the best possible response to these people is to starve them. "But as a black person, if you don't sit up there and at least echo - not saying you're obligated to agree - but if you don't at least echo that sentiment then the belief is you don't relate to history and what history has taught us". "But being an all-star was something that was far fetched", he said.

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