LeBron James Shades Haters Who Tell Him to ‘Stick to Sports’ When Politics Appear in Sports

by Josh Lanier
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LeBron James continues to dunk on his doubters and detractors. Nearly every day he’s generating as much ink off the court as he is on it. This time, he’s mocking a former U.S. Senator.

James recently tweeted a bit of shade to former Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Georgia, a high-profile Republican. Loeffler lost her seat in a hotly contested runoff election in January to Sen. Rev. Raphael Warnock, a Democrat.

Loeffler owned the WNBA franchise Atlanta Dream, but she butted heads with players last year who wanted to discuss racial inequality and high-profile killings by police. They were continually rebuffed. Tensions got so bad between the team, players wore shirts in warm-ups promoting Loeffler’s opponent. Fed up, the team’s star point guard Renee Montgomery did something about it.

She bought the team.

It’s basically the plot of a movie, and James made sure to rub a little mud in the wound. Especially after all the flack heaved at him for speaking his mind on the same issues.

The Lakers star called out Loeffler in a tweet after the sale was announced.

That’s been the first port of call for any critic who wants to silent athletes or celebrities who take stands on issues. But James has continually pushed back against the notion that he can dish out assists on and off the court. And with the sale of the Dream to a player, it seems like we’ve reached the final buzzer for the era of “just stick to sports.” Even though, we’ve seen athletes as far back as NFL legend Jim Brown and boxing great Muhammad Ali use their status to raise awareness of issues in their communities.

James and a slew of new young players come from that ilk. The Ohio-born James created a school to help at-risk kids in Akron, Ohio. That includes creating job-training programs for their parents. He’s also been an advocate in getting people to the polls to vote. His organization More than A Vote registered thousands of voters to cast a ballot in November.

But it’s not just politicians taking aim at sports figures. Other athletes have also told James to “shut up and dribble.”

LeBron James Slaps Former Soccer Star Back to Sweden

Recently, in an interview for Swedish Discovery+, Swedish soccer star Zlatan Ibrahimovic insists athletes like James should “stick to what he’s good at.”

The former LA Galaxy striker added that it was a bad look for players to play at politics. “Just do what you do best because it doesn’t look good,” Ibrahimovic remarked.

LeBron James then slapped Ibrahimovic, one of the most famous athletes in the world, for not doing more with his position.

“I would never shut up about things that are wrong,” James said, according to Fox News. “I preach about my people and I preach about equality, social injustice, racism, systematic voter suppression. Things that go on in our community. I know what’s going on still, because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that’s going through the same thing, and they need a voice, and I’m their voice.

“I’ll use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that’s going on around this country and around the world,” James added. “There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports. Because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is.”

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