Ingraham admonished James for speaking out about racial and political issues, infamously telling the NBA star to “shut up and dribble.” Ingraham told James and Kevin Durant to “keep the political comments to yourselves.” Yet she also said that Drew Brees, who is white, had the right to speak his mind on such matters. Brees received backlash for saying he disproves of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. He later apologized for his comments, and even responded to President Trump on Twitter after Trump said Brees shouldn’t have apologized.
If you haven’t yet seen this, you should…— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 13, 2020
8:46 – Dave Chappelle https://t.co/LWHR6VXuWs via @YouTube
Whether Ingraham is a racist or not may be up for debate, but she clearly doesn’t understand American history. If she did, she would know that James and Durant are just the latest high-profile athletes to use their platforms to discuss and analyze the society in which they live, and to promote change where they feel it’s needed. From Jackie Robinson to Bill Russell, Muhammad Ali, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Jim Brown, to Billie Jean King and Martina Navratilova, to Colin Kaepernick, to James and Durant, pro athletes in modern times have consistently used their platform to argue for change. Follow Adam Zagoria on Twitter And Like ZAGS on Facebook
Laura Ingraham:— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 4, 2020
LeBron And KD ‘should shut up and dribble’
Drew Brees is a person and his opinion should be respected
Donald Trump is America’s ‘coach’ https://t.co/riCGmuipwe