LeBron James: 'I am more than an athlete'

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James appears to be engaged in a feud with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who took ...

Posted: Feb 18, 2018 1:58 PM
Updated: Feb 18, 2018 1:58 PM

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James appears to be engaged in a feud with Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who took to her show on Thursday to tell James that he should "shut up and dribble."

Late Friday, James issued a response in the form of a photo uploaded to his Instagram account that read "I am more than an athlete" and included the hashtag "#wewillnotshutupanddribble."

Ingraham's attacks were made in response to a recent UNINTERRUPTED video podcast that featured James and fellow basketball star Kevin Durant. The podcast's host, Cari Champion, asked the two players how they would describe the current climate for politically-engaged athletes.

James, who last year called the President a "bum" on Twitter, said the climate "is hot." Going a step further, he said Trump is "someone who doesn't understand the people-and really don't give a [expletive] about the people."

That comment seemed to anger Ingraham, who called James' view a "barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical take on President Trump."

Her nearly two-minute rebuke of James included jabs at his career path and salary.

"This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school early to join the NBA," Ingraham said. "It's always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball."

She also invited James to appear on her show.

In a statement released on Friday, she said there was "no racial intent in my remarks" and dismissed such claims as "an attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism."

Durant, though, doesn't agree.

In an interview with USA TODAY, he agreed with the assertion that her comments had racial undertones. "To me, it was racist," he said. "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."

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 145636

Reported Deaths: 3745
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto973199
Hinds9668197
Harrison6898109
Jackson6178119
Rankin5319100
Lee487695
Madison4666106
Forrest371386
Jones346788
Lauderdale3355144
Lafayette317549
Washington3122107
Lamar283449
Oktibbeha240861
Bolivar240184
Lowndes229763
Neshoba2177115
Panola215849
Marshall209650
Leflore201490
Pontotoc196128
Monroe191477
Sunflower190555
Lincoln186865
Warren172657
Tate165451
Union163925
Pike160658
Copiah159540
Yazoo152039
Scott150729
Coahoma148743
Itawamba148234
Pearl River146567
Alcorn146327
Simpson145153
Prentiss141230
Adams137949
Grenada137745
Leake131943
Holmes126561
Tippah123030
George122324
Covington119737
Winston119124
Wayne116223
Hancock115939
Marion111646
Attala109833
Tishomingo106542
Chickasaw104132
Newton103629
Tallahatchie96327
Clarke88853
Clay87127
Jasper81222
Walthall75328
Stone73114
Calhoun72913
Montgomery72125
Carroll70614
Lawrence70314
Yalobusha70027
Noxubee69717
Smith69616
Perry65426
Tunica59619
Greene58422
Claiborne57616
Jefferson Davis55017
Humphreys52918
Amite51814
Benton48717
Quitman4816
Webster42114
Kemper41918
Wilkinson38722
Jefferson34211
Franklin3265
Choctaw3117
Sharkey30717
Issaquena1124
Unassigned00

Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 239318

Reported Deaths: 3532
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson31391491
Mobile19562361
Tuscaloosa12813154
Madison12741146
Montgomery12198235
Shelby1000577
Baldwin847398
Lee764466
Morgan634348
Calhoun6112115
Marshall607954
Etowah606565
Houston517038
DeKalb474736
Cullman428038
Limestone413744
St. Clair409055
Elmore400762
Lauderdale393653
Walker3588108
Talladega343453
Jackson307624
Colbert301941
Blount285539
Autauga268641
Franklin247833
Coffee239715
Dale230354
Dallas224531
Russell22053
Chilton219638
Covington216833
Escambia197431
Chambers173749
Tallapoosa173391
Pike157514
Clarke156319
Marion136535
Winston129923
Lawrence124836
Geneva12028
Pickens119418
Marengo119124
Barbour117010
Bibb116217
Butler114441
Randolph100921
Cherokee100824
Hale94531
Clay90223
Washington90219
Fayette87316
Henry8496
Lowndes79129
Monroe78111
Cleburne75714
Macon72321
Crenshaw70730
Bullock69119
Conecuh68314
Perry6756
Lamar6508
Wilcox63118
Sumter57122
Choctaw41913
Greene41418
Coosa3374
Out of AL00
Unassigned00
Tupelo
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 52°
Columbus
Clear
53° wxIcon
Hi: 66° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 53°
Oxford
Clear
50° wxIcon
Hi: 63° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 50°
Starkville
Clear
52° wxIcon
Hi: 65° Lo: 39°
Feels Like: 52°
WTVA Radar
WTVA Temperatures
WTVA Severe Weather