LeBron James responds to criticism: 'I would never shut up about things that are wrong'
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LeBron James shot back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic over the weekend after the soccer player took aim at the Lakers player for being political.

“He is phenomenal at what he’s doing, but I don’t like when people have some kind of status, they go and do politics at the same time,” Ibrahimovic said in reference to James in a recent interview, according to the Los Angeles Times.

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“Do what you’re good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I’m the best at playing football. I don’t do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics,” he continued, adding: “That is the first mistake people do when they become famous and they become in a certain status. Stay out of it. Just do what you do best because it doesn’t look good.”

James responded to Ibrahimovic’s comments after being pressed about them following his team’s victory against the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday. 

“I would never shut up about things that are wrong. I preach about my people and I preach about equality. Social injustice. Racism. Systematic voter suppression. Things that go on in our community,” James said. “Because I was a part of my community at one point and saw the things that was going on and I know what’s going on still because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that are going through the same thing and they need a voice. And I’m their voice.” 

James was referring to the I Promise School the athlete helped launch in Akron, Ohio, where he was born and raised.. Through his LeBron James Family Foundation, which he kickstarted in 2004, the athlete has also helped to provide other resources and support to kids and their families in Akron. 

“I’m their voice and I use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that may be going on, and, not only in my community, but around this country and around the world,” he said.

“There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports because I understand how this platform and how powerful my voice is,” he added.

He also swiped at Ibrahimovic over remarks the soccer player made in 2018 alleging racism due to his hair color and “because I am not Andersson or Svensson,” according to the Times.

“I believe in 2018 he was the same guy who said, he was back in Sweden talking about the same thing, because his last name wasn’t a certain last name, that he felt like it was some racism going on when he was out in the pitch, right? You did say that, right?” James added.

“I thought he said that,” James said. “So, I speak from a very educated mind, so I’m kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework.”