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Lebron James tells 'whatever her name is' Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he 'will not shut up and dribble' after saying that the President doesn't 'give a f**k about the people'
Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James made it clear Tuesday that isn’t happy that college basketball players aren’t paid for their talents.
“The NCAA is corrupt. We know that,” he said during a Cavaliers shootout, according to ESPN. “Sorry, it’s going to make headlines, but it’s corrupt.”
He admitted that he wasn’t speaking from his own experience but still insisted that what he sees in college basketball isn’t right.
“Obviously, I’ve never been a part of it, so I don’t know all the ins and outs about it. I don’t know all the rules and regulations about it, but I do know what five-star athletes bring to a campus, both in basketball and football. I know how much these college coaches get paid. I know how much these colleges are gaining off these kids,” he said.
James said that the colleges benefit from the athletic performances of college players, but not their academic roles, despite giving them a free education, but no salary.
James was drafted to the Cavaliers in 2003 right out of high school, but was touted as the the No. 1 basketball recruit in the country that year, according to 247Sports.com.
“I love watching March Madness. I think that’s incredible. I’m not a fan of how the kids don’t benefit from none of this, so it’s kind of a fine line and I’ve got a couple boys that could be headed in that direction, so there’s going to be some decisions that we as a family have to make,” he continued.
James’ sons, LeBron Jr., 13, and Bryce, 10, are themselves talented youth basketballers, and his oldest had offers from Duke University at age 10, which irritated his father at the time.
“It’s pretty crazy,” James told CBS Detroit. “It should be a violation, you shouldn’t be recruiting 10-year-old kids.”
James says his family will have to make decisions about his sons’ futures as far as them playing college ball.
“But I know as the NBA, we have to figure out a way that we can shore up our farm league, and if kids feel like they don’t want to be a part of that NCAA program, then we have something here for them to be able to jump back on and not have to worry about going overseas all the time.”
James suggested that the NBA’s G League, started in 2001 and now has 26 teams affiliated with pro squads, could operate like the farm system in Major League Baseball or like that of professional sports leagues in other countries.
“Some of those guys get signed at 14, but they get put into this farm system where they’re able to grow and be around other professionals for three or four years” said James. “Then, when they’re ready, they hit the national team, or when they’re ready, they become a pro. So I think us, we have to kind of really figure that out, how we can do that.”
LeBron James & Kevin Durant Ride Together in an Uber to Talk Sports & Racism in America
Two of the NBA's biggest superstars slammed a conservative television host after she commenting that they should just 'shut up and dribble' and not comment on politics.
LeBron James and Kevin Durant both vowed to keep speaking their minds about any subject they choose after Fox News host Laura Ingraham made the statement on her show earlier this week.
'We will definitely not shut up and dribble,' James told reporters in Los Angeles ahead of Sunday's NBA All-Star Game, referring to the conservative commentator as 'whatever her name is.'
Lebron James (R) and Kevin Durant (L) both vowed to keep speaking their minds about any subject they choose
James made the statement during a video clip for Uninterrupted, a multimedia platform site on January 14 while in Akron, Ohio (Pictured)
Ingraham was apparently responding to comments James made on Thursday where he insisted the President doesn't 'give a f**k about the people'
'I would definitely not do that,' the 33-year-old Cleveland Cavilers superstar added.
Ingraham was apparently responding to comments James made on Thursday where he insisted that President Donald Trump doesn't 'give a f**k about the people' in the United States.
'The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn't understand the people,' James said during a video clip for Uninterrupted, a multimedia platform site on January 14 while in Akron, Ohio.
President Donald Trump gestures to the media as he leaves the White House, Friday, Feb. 16, 2018, in Washington, for a trip to his private Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida
'And really don't give a f**k about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked [up to] for inspiration. It was the president of the United States, it was whoever was best in sports and it was the greatest musician.'
'You never thought you could be them, but you can grab inspiration [from them],' James continued, which was shot along side Durant and ESPN anchor Cari Champion.
'It's not even a surprise when he says something. It's like laughable. It's laughable, and it's scary.'
James also responded via social media, posting on his Instagram account the phrase 'I Am More Than An Athlete' in lights with the caption 'We will not shut up and dribble.'
Durant later told USA Today that he believed Ingraham's comments were derogatory and offensive.
'To me, it was racist,' the Golden State Warriors forward said. 'Ignorance is something I try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment.'
On Friday, Ingraham released a statement insisting there was 'no racial intent' behind her words (Pictured: James responding to 'shut up and dribble' comment on Friday)
James also responded via social media, posting on his Instagram account the phrase 'I Am More Than An Athlete' (Pictured)
'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. I can't focus on that. I think we're doing some good things out here, using our platform, and I think what me and LeBron did... the other day when it came out, I thought it was great. I thought a lot of people enjoyed it.'
On Friday, Ingraham released a statement insisting there was 'no racial intent' behind her words, adding that she had used the phrase with different variations for over a decade.
"'n 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called 'Shut Up & Sing,' in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush,' the statement reads.
'I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to 'Shut Up & Act,' Jimmy Kimmel to 'Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,' and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to "Shut up & Coach."
'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. 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.
'Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case - the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.'
LeBron James and Kevin Durant join Cari Champion for the Uber ride of a lifetime in Akron, Ohio to discuss NBA All-Star Weekend 2018 goals, the pressures of being a top athlete, social injustice and the current climate in politics.