NEW YORK, NY-- As Lebron James prepares for his next game with the Cleveland Cavaliers, he`s got a one-on-one match off the court.
His opponent? Laura Ingraham, a Fox News host who had some choice words about the pro-baller on her show "The Ingraham Angle."
"Lebron James is talking politics again and this time it`s r-rated. Here`s his barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical take on president trump in a new ESPN podcast," Ingraham said on the show.
She was talking about a video recorded for James` sports news programming network called "Uninterupted". In the clip, James takes an Uber ride with ESPN host Cari Champion and Golden State Warriors player Kevin Durant. The three talked about politics, sports and issues they face being black in America.
"The number one job in America, the point of person is someone who doesn`t understand the people and really don`t give a [explicative] about the people," James said. "In our small world, us as basketball players, but us as African-Americans, we still feel the hate off decisions we make that we feel like is best for us."
When Ingraham heard what James had to say about President Trump, she lashed out.
"You`re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So, keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said: shut up and dribble," she said.
This is something James says he`s used to.
"No matter how far, money or access or how high you become in life as an African-American, man, female, they will always try to figure out a way to let you know that you`re still beneath them," he said.
You can bet the internet had a lot to say about the issue. Celebs and all kinds of influential people aren`t here for her comments.
James hasn't responded to Ingraham's comments yet.
Fox News reached out and gave us this statement from Ingraham:
"In 2003, I wrote a New York Timesbestseller 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."