Fox News anchor Laura Ingraham has been slammed online after telling NBA star LeBron James to “shut up and dribble” in light of some recent comments he made about Donald Trump.
Ingraham, 54, hit out at James, 33, for sharing his “ungrammatical” and “barely intelligible” views on the president, after he said: “The number one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people, and really don’t give a f**k about the people.”
Ingraham shared the clip on her show, saying, “But wait, there’s more gripping insight,” before showing a vid of James with fellow NBA star Kevin Durant and Cari Champion, host of “Rolling With The Champion”. “Must they run their mouths like that?” she asked as the trio addressed their feelings on alleged racist comments they thought Trump had made in the past.
Ingraham went on, “Unfortunately, a lot of kids — and some adults — take these ignorant comments seriously.
“Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You’re great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”
She also questioned James’ credibility because he does not have a college degree.
Unsurprisingly, the debate got quite a few people talking on social media, with some calling Ingraham “ignorant,” while others went as far as to call her “racist.”
Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade also had his say:
Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Chris Long then wrote:
Also joining the fray was “Grey’s Anatomy” star Ellen Pompeo, who invited “this b***h to meet me outside… I’m so not in the mood for playing nice or polite this week.”
James responded to Ingraham’s controversial remarks, insisting he would not sit down and shut up. “I will not just shut up and dribble,” said James. “I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important.”
“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” he reiterated. “I will definitely not do that. I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. 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.”