James, Durant respond to Laura Ingraham's 'racist' comment

Lebron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers looks on in the second half during a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden

Ingraham, a stalwart ally of Trump, belittled James for leaving high school early to enter the National Basketball Association and said that it was unwise to "seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball".

"The number one job in America.is someone who doesn't understand the people, and really don't give a f-- about the people", James said. And it's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball. "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, '" she said in a statement to ABC News.

"You're great players but no one voted for you", she concluded, addressing Mr. James and Mr. Durant. "I don't sit up here trying to get a reward". "It lets me know that everything I've been saying has been correct, for her to have that type of reaction. Or as someone once said, 'Shut up and dribble'". I will definitely not do that.

"The best thing she did that's gonna help me is create more awareness, so I appreciate her for giving me even more awareness", James continued.

On Ingraham's show on Thursday, she went on to question whether James should speak about politics and social issues because of his level of education.

In an interview with USA TODAY, he agreed with the assertion that her comments had racial undertones.

"We're back to everything I've been talking about over the last few years", James added.

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Some accused Ingraham of being a racist.

"My experience, my record with the West, we don't lose much", said Westbrook, who came out of Leuzinger High School and UCLA.

"The climate is hot".

While some league commissioners might cringe at players getting involved in controversy on a weekend that is supposed to celebrate their game, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver said he is "proud of both players' response to the comments that were made about them". This prompted Ms. Ingraham to mention that Mr. James should stick to playing the sport. There have been many people that are not African-American that have spoken upon the same issues I spoke upon, and [Ingraham] didn't say anything to them.

"I'm still going to be a citizen here in the United States when I'm done playing basketball, and my voice still doesn't matter at that point?", Durant asked. I thought about that. I don't have the answer to this. We're all sending our kids to school, right?

"We've seen these schools and these tragedies happen in America and there's been no change to gun control", he said.

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