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LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers rejected the suggestion of football superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic to avoid political talk.
In an interview with Discovery + Sport on Thursday, Ibrahimovic said that it was a “mistake” when a prominent person like James used his influence to participate in political debates.
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“I will never shut up about the wrong things. I preach to my people and preach to equality. Social injustice. Racism. Systemic voter suppression. What happens constantly in our community.
“Because I was once a member of the community and saw what was happening, I still knew what was happening because there were more than 300 children in my school going through the same thing and they needed a 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.”
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LeBron responded after Jlatan Ibrahimovic criticized his activism. “I am the wrong person because I can do my homework.” https://t.co/VyKgBrYuiz
Ibrahimovic is one of the most famous athletes in the world. He previously played for the Galaxy in Los Angeles with James in Los Angeles.
39-year-old Swedish explained He firmly believes that everyone should stay in their lane:
“[LeBron] What he did is very good, but I don’t like when people have a certain status, they do politics at the same time. Do what you are good at. Do the categories you do. I play football because I am best at football. I don’t do politics. If I will become a politician, I will do politics.
“This is the first big mistake people make when they become famous and in a certain position. Please stay away from it. Only do what you do best, because it doesn’t look good.”
James disagrees, saying that the mantra of “keep moving” is unreasonable because athletes have the ability to encourage positive change. He praised the efforts of Jaylen Brown of the Boston Celtics and Patrick Mahoms and Alvin Camara of the American Football League in this regard:
“Let me be proud of being a generation that can hear our voices and speak with an educated mind. But more importantly, when you speak from the bottom of your 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.”
Neither LeBron nor Zlatan usually withdraw from the debate. Both of them are outspoken people, willing to let you know what they think, so this kind of verbal communication may take a few more rounds.
In other words, it is hard to imagine any situation where James would withdraw from his long struggle for social justice and racial equality.