NBA's Kevin Durant calls Ingraham's 'shut up' comment 'racist'
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Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant responded to Laura Ingraham on Friday after the Fox News host questioned why the NBA star didn't "shut up" about politics, calling her comment "racist."

Durant told USA Today that he personally took the Fox host's comment as racist after Ingraham told Durant and Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to "shut up and dribble" after the two made comments critical of President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE.

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“Must they run their mouths like that?" Ingraham said Thursday on her show, "The Ingraham Angle." "Unfortunately, a lot of kids — and some adults — take these ignorant comments seriously.

"Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You’re great players, but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble,” she added.

“To me, it was racist,” Durant responded. "Ignorance is something I try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think – or even louder."

Durant added that he wouldn't let comments from Ingraham and others distract him from his community outreach goals.

"My whole thing is I can’t dwell on that, and I can’t let that distract me from the real goal at hand, which is to continue to encourage and empower people around the world," he said.

Ingraham defended her comments in a statement released by Fox News on Friday, calling charges of racism "false" and "defamatory."

"If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians," Ingraham said.

"There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."