LeBron won’t ‘shut up and dribble’
By Brodee Gillam
“Shut up and dribble.”
For those who are unaware, on Feb. 15, UNINTERRUPTED’s YouTube channel posted another episode of its “ROLLING WITH THE CHAMPION” series hosted by Cari Champion. The episode featured NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant, who spoke on a variety of topics including how they both feel about President Donald Trump.
“The number one job in America, the point person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people, and really don’t give a f*** about the people,” James explained. “While we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us; that listen to us, (that) this is not the way.”
Fox News talk show host Laura Ingraham decided to comment on what LeBron had to say about Trump. The way she ended it sparked an NBA media firestorm.
With the headline “Jocks on Politics” on the screen, Ingraham said, “Unfortunately, a lot of kids and some adults take these ignorant comments seriously … This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. It always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.
“Keep the political commentary to yourself and as someone once said shut up and dribble.”
James responded to these comments in a very simple but effective manner.
“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” LeBron told reporters on Feb. 17. “I mean too much to society, I mean too much to the youth … The best thing she did is going to help me create awareness.”
Now back to this.
“Shut up and dribble.”
The idea that athletes do not or cannot have a voice outside of sports has been and continues to be absolutely and profoundly absurd.
This sounds strangely familiar to the Colin Kaepernick discussion that Trump bragged about in Feb. 2017, except the people attacking James cannot blackball him out of the NBA.
Two men who James mentioned in the video, Muhammed Ali and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., two of the biggest civil rights activists of their time, were not primarily involved in politics. King was a Baptist minister and Ali was the boxing heavyweight champion of the world, yet both of their actions and opinions were held in high regard in relation to the civil rights movement.
So why do Kaepernick and James have worthless opinions and be silenced?
Why is it that only these so-called “experts” can talk about politics, while the rest of America is seemingly uneducated and misinformed for having a different opinion?
This naive state of mind promotes ignorance and closed-mindedness, while disparaging the beliefs and ideals of the people.
LeBron’s voice is as important as Ingraham’s, if not more so.
To those who disagree just please, never again, say the phrases “stick to sports” and “shut up and dribble” to sports reporters or athletes. We’re all U.S. citizens and we all have a voice.
In a time like this, where this country is seemingly filled to the brim with bigotry and “fake news,” if you have something to say then speak out. The reason our country has come this far is because of regular citizens announced how they felt and did something about it.
Regardless if it’s the Black Lives Matter movement, the women marching acrossing the country, the students protesting for gun control or any other brave social movement, this statement still applies.
Don’t let your voice be silenced.