LeBron dismisses Ibrahimovic criticism on political engagement

star has dismissed criticism from Swedish footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic on his political and social engagament.

Football Haberleri Giriş Tarihi: 27 Şubat 2021 Cumartesi 13:45

Ibrahimovic told broadcasters Discovery early in the week that player James and other athletes with similar engagements should rather stick to their sports.

But four-time champion James insisted after a Friday victory over the Portland Trail Blazers that "I will never shut up about things that are wrong."

"I preach about my people and I preach about equality, social justice, racism, voter suppression ... There's no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand this platform and how powerful my voice is."

Ibrahimovic had named James "phenomonal in what he is doing" but added: "Do what you're good at. Do the category that you do. I play football because I'm the best at playing football, I'm no politician. If I'd been a politician, I would be doing politics.

"This is the first mistake famous people do when they become famous and come into a certain status. For me it is better to avoid certain topics and do what you're best at doing, because otherwise it doesn't look good."

But James also recalled that , whose parents are fromBosnia and Croatia, himself had complained about racism in his native Sweden several years ago in connection with his last name.

"It's funny he'd say that because I believe in 2018 he was the same guy who said, when he was back in Sweden, talking about the same things, because his last name wasn't a certain last name, that he felt like it was racism going on when he was out on the pitch," James said.