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Laura Ingraham tells Lebron to “Shut up and Dribble”

According to Wikipedia, Laura Anne Ingraham is an American TV and radio talk show host, author, and political commentator. She hosts the nationally syndicated  radio show, The Laura Ingraham Show, is the editor-in-chief of LifeZette,  and a long time Fox News Channel contributor. Before this weekend, I had never heard of this woman’s. It’s Monday, and I feel like I’ve heard the name Laura Ingraham so much,  I feel like I know her personally. But the problem is, I don’t want to know her. What I do want to know, was her motivation behind the judgmental, racial comments she made about Lebron James and Kevin Durant. 

 

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This past weekend, the NBA held it’s All-Star weekend in Los Angeles. It”s the biggest weekend for fun in sports, well in my opinion. All eyes were on the NBA this weekend, and more importantly, Lebron James. Cari Champion, an ESPN broadcaster, conducted a short interview, for THE UNINTERRUPTED with Lebron, and Golden State Warriors’ superstar, Kevin Durant. They discussed their personal lives, political views and family values. I thought the interview was brilliant. It showed a different side of both of them, and how they feel about life outside of sports.The interview took place in a car, kind of like she was their Uber driver, who wanted to know their thoughts on life. One of the topics that they discussed, was the president, and the ridiculous way he has been running our country.  Lebron has been extremely outspoken about his thoughts on Donald Trump and, was not shy in the interview with Cari. He stated that Trumps actions were laughable, and, it was hard to take him seriously.  Durant refereed to our country as a “team”, and that the country is not being led by the right “coach”. A lot of people in the world feel the same way as Lebron and Kevin. Laura Ingraham, unfortunately saw the interview as 2 dumb, black athletes, who have no clue on political issues.
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Ingraham took what Lebron and Kevin said to offense. She decided to use her show to bash both of them. According to CNN.com, Ingraham said James’ views were “barely intelligible” and that his take on President Trump, was ungrammatical. She concluded her unprofessional rant, by saying one of the most disrespectful things, I’ve ever heard. “This what happens when you attempt to leave high school early to join the NBA. It’s always unwise to seek political advise from someone who gets paid 100 million dollars a year to bounce a ball.” She finished with the statement, “Shut up and dribble!”

 
Laura Ingraham knew what she was doing, Like I said early, Lebron James is the biggest athlete in sports. When he talks people listen. Everyone listens. By her saying these ridiculous and racist comments about Lebron, it drew all eyes on her. She knew that if she could get him to respond, or even say something negative back at her, it would draw more attention to her, and her show. Even by being an enemy in America’s eyes, it will still insure ratings. She asked Lebron to come on her show (Also for ratings), but he didn’t respond. So was this just an act by Ingraham to get ratings, or does she really think Lebron and Kevin are dumb athletes?
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According to SI.com, when asked about the comments Ingraham made Saturday, James just laughed. He also expressed that Ingrahams’ reaction proved what he has been saying about social issues. He concluded by saying he “means too much to society” and the youth to not use his platform in ways like this. He took to social media and posted a picture of a sign, that said “I am more than just an athlete.” It was his way of acknowledging what Ingraham said, but not giving her the power, or satisfaction by stooping to her level. Sam Amick interviewed Kevin Durant, and he responded “Ignorance is something i try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think-or even louder.”
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Laura Ingraham isn’t dumb, she just stupid. She thought by attacking Lebron, It would outrage him enough to respond in an ugly way. Or better yet, get him to confront her on her show. Use the negative backlash as free publicity. Many people say things about Donald Trump, but no one is on Lebron James’ level. It was a good try but Lebron and Kevin Durant responded in the most responsible way. They responded by not responding to her. Obviously, they are more than just athletes. Unfortunately Laura Ingraham seems to be nothing more than a disrespectful, small-minded talk show host.  

Information Source: wikipedia.org, cnn.com, si.com
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Born in Southern California but raised in the Bay Area. A sports enthusiast who loves basketball, football and boxing. Played basketball through high school and college and now I'm using my passion of sports to help create theflagrantfoul.com.
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