A tape of Lebron James aptly cussing out President Trump leaked this week, igniting a firestorm in the press, including racist criticism from far-right FOX News commentator Laura Ingraham, who called James’ comments, “barely intelligible” and “ungrammatical” — a turn of phrase which is itself grammatically incorrect.
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King James’ former right-hand man on the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers, Dwyane Wade, clapped back hard at Ingraham, tweeting about how Trump’s overt racism has emboldened racists around the country, including Ingraham.
They use to try and hide it.. now the president has given everyone the courage to live their truths. https://t.co/OwLSMHIG0m
— DWade (@DwyaneWade) February 16, 2018
Ingraham had said, “Must they run their mouths like that?”
Whom do you mean by “they”? Pray tell, Miss Ann.
This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA . . . And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. Oh, LeBron and Kevin [Durant], 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.
Never mind that LeBron James rose up from poverty to become, not only one of the greatest basketball players the game has ever known, but also a successful entrepreneur with his own media company, Spring Hill Entertainment, his own merchandising line, and an endorsement deal with Nike amounting to more than $1 billion, for starters.
Only a highly intelligent person — in James’ case, an autodidact — could leverage his basketball skills to create numerous viable businesses in an array of fields.
Like his buddy LeBron, Wade has tangled with Trump and his minions before, after the then-presidential candidate exploited the murder of the basketball player’s cousin to highlight the racist trope of “black-on-black crime” in Chicago for his own electoral advantage.
At the time, Wade told ABC News:
I was grateful that it started a conversation, but on the other hand, it just left a bad taste in my mouth because of what my family is dealing with and what our city of Chicago is dealing with and it looks like it’s being used as political gain.
Conservative bloviators like Trump and Ingraham want to use black people’s suffering for their own nefarious purposes, while silencing them when they speak out against injustice.
As King James said, Trump “doesn’t understand the people and really don’t give a f*ck about the people.”
The same could be said for Ingraham.