LOS ANGELES – LeBron James responded to Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s criticism regarding his activism and involvement in “political” and social injustice issues.
“I will not shut up about things that are wrong,” LeBron James said after the Los Angeles Lakers’ victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday night. “I preach about my people, about equality, social equality, racism, systematic oppression, oppression of the citizen vote, things like that happen in our community, because I was part of my community and I saw what was happening.”
The former LA Galaxy star and current AC Milan player criticized LeBron for meddling in political issues, as he put it in an interview for UEFA on Sweden’s Discovery +. The always controversial Zlatan said that while he admired LeBron’s talent, it was a mistake when athletes engaged in social and political issues taking advantage of his status, instead of focusing on his sport.
“I’m the wrong person to attack, because I’m an educated mind, I do my homework before I comment,” LeBron said.
Indeed, LeBron James did his homework and called Zlatan a hypocrite who, in 2018, criticized the media in his native Sweden. The forward called it racism that the press attacked him and said that they did not give him credit for his career for not surname ‘Andersson or Svensson’. He described this as “covert racism.”
“I find it funny that he says that because he is the same person who, in 2018, when he was in Sweden, complained because his last name was not a certain last name in his country and he felt there was racism,” recalled the Lakers star .
LeBron James is active using his platform to advance social causes. He led a campaign in the last presidential elections in the United States, encouraging the vote; He has raised his voice on police brutality and racism, has schools and projects that help the community in his native Akron, Ohio, to name a few.
“I have more than 300 children in my school who are going through the same things (that I went through) and they need a voice and I am their voice. I continue to use my platform to bring to light situations that continue to occur not only in my community, but in my country and in the world. There is no way I can only focus on sports because I understand how this platform works and the power that my voice has, “concluded LeBron.