LeBron James shoots back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic after Swedish football legend snatched the Los Angeles Lakers superstar on Thursday for being too political.
In an interview with Discovery +, Ibrahimovic said it was a “mistake” for James and other athletes to get involved in politics. “Just do what you do best because it doesn’t look good,” Ibrahimovic said.
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After the Lakers’ 102-93 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night, James responded to Ibrahimovic, saying the football star did not feel the same way about talking about social injustices when he called for racism in his native Sweden three years ago.
“I would never keep quiet about things that are wrong,”
“I will use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that is happening around this country and around the world,” added James. “There’s no way I can ever just stick to sports because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice are.”
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC: LEBRON’S JAMES, OTHER SPORTS FIGURES SHOULD “DO WHAT YOU ARE GOOD IN”, EXCLUDE YOURSELF FROM POLITICIAN
Ibrahimovic, one of the biggest names in football, plays in Serie A for Milan. He praised James for being “phenomenal in what he does,” but believed he should just stick to what he does best.
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“Do what you are good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I play football best. I don’t do politics. If I were to be a political politician, I would do politics,” Ibrahimovic said. “This is the first mistake people make when they become famous and in a certain status. Stay away from that.”