Fox News host Laura Ingraham went off the other night on NBA superstar LeBron James for “talking politics again — and this time it’s R-rated,” expressing disdain for athletes and other celebrities who refuse to, in the common phrase, stay in their lane (as well as for, it seemed from her gestures and expressions, ESPN and the podcasting medium).
The Cleveland Cavaliers’ James, in an ESPN /zigman2/quotes/203410047/composite DIS -1.11% web series called “Rolling With the Champion,” said President Donald Trump doesn’t understand the people or “even give a f— about the people.”
“Gripping insight,” Ingraham intoned.
Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors, a fellow guest on the episode, which transpires in a vehicle piloted through the snowy streets of James’s native Akron, Ohio, by host Cari Champion, suggested that if the U.S. is a team and Trump its coach, the team is not a well-run one.
“Must they run their mouth like that?” asked Ingraham, going on to suggest it’s unwise to take to heart political guidance from people paid $100 million per annum to bounce a ball. “So keep the political commentary to yourself, or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”
Veteran NFL defensive end Chris Long jumped in on Twitter early Friday to note that Fox News has welcomed plenty of political viewpoints on its air from such nonpractitioners as Chuck Norris, Bobby Knight, Ted Nugent and Kid Rock: