LeBron James dismissed Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s criticism of his social activism and pointed out that Friday’s AC Milan star’s comments were hypocritical.
Ibrahimovic’s time for the former Los Angeles Galaxy team coincided with James’ first season with the Lakers. He criticized James in an interview with UEFA on Thursday, calling it a “mistake” and “not the case.” James and other “famous” figures “look good” when they get involved in politics.
James said: “He is the person he said when he returned to Sweden…because his last name is not a surname, so when he is on the court, he feels a bit racist.” “I’m talking about a well-educated mind, so I am indeed the wrong person because I can do my homework.”
A few years ago, Ibrahimovic said that he was affected by “secret racism” in his hometown of Sweden, because his Bosnian origin gave him a surname that did not sound like Swedish.
Ibrahimovic told Canal+ in 2018: “I am not Anderson or Svenson.” He was referring to the media’s treatment of racism. “If I do that, please believe me, even if I rob the bank, I can defend me. I tell you, they will defend me.”
James did not hesitate about Ibrahimovic’s position on him and explained why he handled off-court issues in his own way.
After the Lakers defeated the Trail Blazers 102-93 on Friday night, James said: “I will never shut up because of my mistakes.” “I talk about my people, I talk about equality. Social injustice. Racism. . Systematic voter suppression. What happened in our community.
“Because I used to be part of the community and saw what is happening, I still know what is happening because there are more than 300 children in my school going through the same thing and they need a voice. I am Their voice, I am their voice, and I use my platform to continue to understand everything that can happen, not only in my community, but also in this country and around the world.
“So, I will never just insist on sports, because I understand how powerful this platform is and how powerful my voice is.”
James continues to credit former WNBA player Renee Montgomery (Renee Montgomery), who put pressure on former Senator Kelly Loveler on Friday, a Republican who opposed the racial justice measures of WNBA players last year , The latter is part of the owner of the Atlanta Dream. Her share in the team.
“You can ask Renee Montgomery if I shut up and dribble [what would have happened]”, James said, and later called the two-time WNBA champions “beautiful black women.”
James also praised Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics, Patrick Mahoms of the Kansas City Chiefs and Alvin Camara of the New Orleans Saints for their commitment to social justice issues.
James said: “Let me be proud of being a generation that can hear our voices and people speak with a well-educated mentality. “But more importantly, when you speak from the heart, it will be louder. .
“Moreover, we have a lot of people who speak from the bottom of their hearts, they don’t believe they have a say at a certain point in time, or they are intervening now, they see that they can express their opinions, and their opinions are really important. . It makes me proud.”
James I of Akron, Ohio, promised that the school not only educates hundreds of high-risk children in his hometown, but also provides affordable housing, meal plans and vocational training for student families.
His “Greater Than Voting” organization also helped mobilize more than 40,000 volunteers to work in the polling center of the November general election to stop voter suppression.
James said: “As athletes, we have heard it for a long time.” “You should [feel] privilege. You should be happy to be able to dribble, play football, be able to sprint for 100 yards, or be able to swing a baseball bat. You should not talk about anything else, right or wrong, you should do it. But that is not the case. Not anymore. As long as I am nearby, this will not happen for a long time. “