“Keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, ‘shut up and dribble,'” she said.
Ingraham’s comments are the latest in a long history of black athletes being told to stick to sports and just shut up and play — she quoted an anonymous philosopher who supposedly once said “shut up and dribble” — when the athletes were only fighting for basic human decency and respect.
She then added, “Must they run their mouths like that?”
Ingraham also criticizes James for being “ungrammatical” and for leaving school early to go to the NBA.
She was responding to James’ earlier comments that President Trump doesn’t “give a f–k about the people.”
I wonder how she would take criticism of non-college-educated white people for being “ungrammatical.” Moreover, it’s worth pointing out J.A. Adande’s argument that reporters should not “clean up quotes” of athletes.
'Shut up and dribble' — Fox News's Laura Ingraham to LeBron and Kevin Durant after their criticism of President Trump pic.twitter.com/0BlokQDIIl
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 16, 2018
James said at All-Star media day.“I also wish she would have did a little bit more fact-checking, because I actually did finish high school and didn’t leave early,”
“To be an African-American kid and grow up in the inner city with a single parent, mother, and not being financially stable and to make it where I’ve made it today, I think I’ve defeated the odds.
I want every kid to know that. And I want everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well. That’s why I will not just shut up and dribble.”