Kirsters Baish| Conservative Fox News host Laura Ingraham has just invited ultra liberal Cleveland Cavaliers basketball star LeBron James to come on her show to debate the mixing of sports and politics. Ingraham’s invite came after critics bashed the Fox News host for telling the basketball plater to “shut up and dribble,” when referring to his political stance.
The Fox News host sent out a tweet including the invitation to James after tons of Hollywood celebrities and famous athletes bashed her for her criticism of the athlete.
Hey King, Come play on my Court next week. You’re invited on the show anytime. https://t.co/CpXRl5jGzQ
— Laura Ingraham (@IngrahamAngle) February 17, 2018
Ingraham ignited the controversy after publicly telling LeBron James to stick to sports and stop making constant harsh criticisms about President Donald Trump.
On February 15, the “Ingraham Angle” show aired a very interesting episode in which Ingraham said that James’ comments were “barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical.” Ingraham also bashed the athlete saying “It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.”
Ingraham was simply putting her response to another anti-Trump rant from the NBA player out there for the rest of the world. James was heard saying that Trump “doesn’t give a f**k” about people during the Rolling With Champion podcast.
She was criticized by a long list of Hollywood elites and sports figures after laying into James. Miami Heat guard Dwayne Wade was among those who jumped on the Ingraham hating train. Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, and Hollywood actress Ellen Pompeo were also among those who let Ingraham have it.
A statement from Laura Ingraham as an answer to those who criticized her was released by Fox News:
“In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & 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. There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism. Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case – the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.”
James hasn’t responded to Ingraham’s invitation as of yet… I wonder if he’ll be too much of a coward to face her.