Laura Ingraham LeBron James Shut Up and Dribble

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LeBron James unleashes perfect hashtag after Laura Ingraham tells him ‘shut up and dribble’

He's not backing down.


Josh Katzowitz

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Posted on Feb 17, 2018   Updated on May 22, 2021, 12:33 am CDT

LeBron James has never been shy about his opposition to President Donald Trump. Now, he’s got a new opponent in right-wing talk-show host Laura Ingraham, and on Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers star dunked all over her, too.

James and fellow NBA star Kevin Durant spoke about Trump on an ESPN Uninterrupted video with James bluntly saying, “The No. 1 job in America, the point of person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people, and really don’t give a fuck about the people.” Previously, James had called Trump a “bum” and said he wouldn’t let the president’s rhetoric divide the country.

So, conservatives already had a reason to be mad at James, and apparently, Ingraham was exactly that, directing this remark at him on her Fox News show on Thursday, chiding him for leaving high school early and telling him to “shut up and dribble.”

Here’s how James responded to that suggestion.

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Notice the #wewillnotshutupanddribble hashtag—Twitter users seemed to love that.

Apparently, Ingraham wants to continue the conversation.

It’s unlikely he’ll accept that offer. He’s probably too busy dunking on those who criticize him for using his fame to speak his truth.

Update 11:59am CT, Feb. 18: Laura Ingraham has issued a statement clarifying the source of her “shut up and dribble” comment. After publishing a book titled Shut Up & Sing in 2003, she’s returned to the construction several times when addressing politically active celebrities, including Jimmy Kimmel (“shut up and make us laugh”), Robert DeNiro (“shut up and act”), and San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich (“shut up and coach”). “If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians,” Ingraham said in her statement. “There was no racial intent in my remarks.”

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*First Published: Feb 17, 2018, 7:21 am CST