Earlier this week, Swedish football star Zlatan Ibrahimović suggested that athletes like LeBron James should “stick to what they’re good at, and leave politics to politicians.” LeBron James responded on Friday night, defending his social justice work: “There’s no way I would ever just stick to sports, because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice is.”
James was asked about recent comments made by soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic that stated athletes, including James, should “stick to sports.”
“I would never shut up about things that’s wrong,” James said when asked about Ibrahimovic’s comments.
“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 seeing 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’s going through the same thing and they need a voice. And I’m their voice. I’m their voice and I use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that may be going on not only in my community but around this country and around the world.
“There’s no way I will ever just stick to sports because I understand how this platform … how powerful my voice is.”
LeBron James with a detailed response to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's criticism of his activism … which James capped by saying: "I'm kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework." https://t.co/6HsBwUmiWT
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) February 27, 2021