LA Lakers superstar LeBron James got two wins on Friday. Not only did he lead the Lakers to a home victory over the Portland Trail Blazers, but James destroyed Zlatan Ibrahimovic by pointing out his hypocrisy.
LeBron James and the Lakers snapped a four-game losing streak by defeating the Blazers. However, all anyone could talk about after the game was how The King put Zlatan Ibrahimovic in his place.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic bashed LeBron James for talking about politics
Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticized LeBron James for talking about politics instead of focusing on playing basketball. The AC Milan star doesn’t like it when athletes try to be someone they are not.
“[LeBron] 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 an interview for UEFA on Discovery+ in Sweden. “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. 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.”
This was a very short-sighted comment by Ibrahimovic. However, it’s not surprising since he’s one of the most polarizing soccer players of all time.
In January, Ibrahimovic faced accusations of racism after a clash with Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku. He was accused of using offensive language during his scuffle with Lukaku.
LeBron James is not only one of the greatest NBA players of all time, but he’s also astute. The four-time NBA champion fired back at Zlatan Ibrahimovic on Friday after the Lakers defeated the Blazers by saying the AC Milan star’s comments about him were hypocritical.
LeBron James destroys Zlatan Ibrahimovic
LeBron James went after Zlatan Ibrahimovic by pointing out how the soccer legend’s comments about him were hypocritical.
Several years ago, Ibrahimovic said he was subject to “undercover racism” in his native Sweden.
“He was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden … because his last name wasn’t a certain last name, that he felt there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch,” James said, via ESPN. “I speak from a very educated mind, so I’m kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework.
“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.”
If James simply focused on playing basketball, his “I Promise School” in Akron, Ohio, wouldn’t have been built. The four-time MVP’s “More Than a Vote” organization also wouldn’t exist.
LeBron James understands how powerful his voice and platform are. Guys like Zlatan Ibrahimovic can have a problem with The Chosen One speaking out about social justice and political issues, but it is not going to stop the NBA icon from making a difference in his community.
The NBA superstar will never just stick to sports
LeBron James will never just stick to sports. He’s proud to be part of a generation of athletes who aren’t afraid to speak out and instill change in America.
“It makes me feel proud to be a part of a generation where our voices are heard and guys are speaking from an educated mindset,” James said. “But more importantly, when you speak from your heart, it rings bells even louder.
“And we’ve got a lot of guys speaking from the heart that didn’t believe they had a voice at one point in time, or now they’re coming into it and they see that they can have a voice and that their voice really matters. That makes me proud.”
LeBron James has had plenty of monster dunks during his career. However, his latest one on Zlatan Ibrahimovic may be his best one.