King James went to Twitter last night (March 4) to salute Kobe on winning an Oscar for his Dear Basketball film and reference Ingraham’s recent televised “shut up and dribble” remarks.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 5, 2018
Even Kobe Bryant took direct aim at Ingraham during his acceptance speech.
The five-time NBA champion won the Oscar for Dear Basketball, a short film he made with Glen Keane Productions based on his Players Tribune letter of retirement. Taking the stage with Keane, Kobe remarked that “as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble.” “I’m glad we do a bit more than that,” he added, before offering his thanks for those who worked on the film. (Mediate)
Recently, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich came to LeBron’s defense amid disrespect thrown his way from Ingraham.
“It was an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try to tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about, when and where to do it. It’s just ludicrous. To not have a feel for who this guy is and think about when he came into the public view and how young was and to this day, he hasn’t missed a step, he hasn’t fallen off the ledge, he’s been a brilliant example for millions of kids. Especially kids with lesser opportunities who haven’t had the same advantages of others. They see in this guy somebody who has consistently exhibited excellence in the workplace and gives them a voice. Let’s them know you can speak anything. It really is a first amendment.”
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) February 25, 2018
Last month, both LeBron and Laura clashed over controversial “shut up and dribble” comments.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) February 17, 2018
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
James’ former teammate Dwyane Wade recently referenced Ingraham’s offensive comments.