‘Athletes Should Be Athletes,’ says Zlatan Ibrahimovic in response to LeBron James’ criticism

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Microgreenskit – On Tuesday, AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic reiterated his criticism of LeBron James and reiterated his conviction that athletes should stay out of politics.

According to ESPN, Ibrahimovic said at a news conference, “Athletes unite the nation; politics divide it.” “Our mission is to bring the world closer together by doing what we do best. Politicians should be politicians, and athletes should be athletes.”

Ibrahimovic’s new remarks come less than a week after he chastised James in a Discovery+ interview in Sweden.

“[LeBron] is phenomenal at what he does,” Ibrahimovic said, “but I don’t like it when people with any rank go into politics at the same time.” “Do what you know how to do. Do your best in the category you’ve picked. I play football, and I am the best in the world at it. I’m not interested in politics. I would do politics if I were a political politician.”

“This is the most common first mistake people make when they become famous and reach a certain level of status. Keep your distance. If it doesn’t look good, do what you’re good at.”

Following the Lakers’ victory over the Trail Blazers on Feb. 27, James replied to Ibrahimovic’s remarks. The four-time NBA champion confirmed that he would not follow Ibrahimovic’s advice and that he would “preach about equality.”

James told the media, “I preach about my people, and I preach about equality.” “Inequity in culture. Racism is a heinous offense. Voter intimidation on a wide scale. What’s going on in our neighborhood.

“Because I used to be a member of my community and knew what was going on, and I still know what’s going on because I have a group of 300+ kids at my school who are going through the same thing and need a voice. And I’m the one who speaks for them. I’m their voice, and I’m using my platform to continue to draw attention to all that’s going on in my city, as well as around the country and the world.

Ibrahimovic isn’t the only one who has chastised James for speaking out on social issues. Laura Ingraham of Fox News said in 2018 that James and other athletes should “shut up and dribble,” causing an uproar around the world. While James did not specifically respond to Ingraham, his recent actions have served as a clear rebuttal.

In 2018, James created the I Promise School in Akron, Ohio, which provides free tuition, bicycles, transportation, breakfast, and lunch to students every day. In 2020, he introduced the More Than a Vote movement, which assisted in voter registration across the country in the run-up to the presidential election.

source: si.com