Less than a week after Zlatan Ibrahimovic said LeBron James should « do what you can » and stay out of politics, the Swedish soccer player doubled his criticism Tuesday and continued to press for athletes to be only athletes should.
« Athletes unite the world, politics divides them, » Ibrahimovic said at a press conference on ESPN. “Our job is to unite the world by doing what we do best. Athletes should be athletes and politicians should be politicians. “
During an interview for Discovery in Sweden, Ibrahimovic said he didn’t like James using his celebrity to » do politics at the same time. «
» Do what you can. Do the category you do you do, « he said. » I play football because I can play the best football. I don’t do politics. If I were a political politician, I would be doing politics.
“That’s the big first mistake people make when they become famous and have a certain status. Stay out of it. Just do what you do best because it doesn’t look good. «
James has been a prominent advocate of racial justice throughout his 18-year NBA career. He was an outspoken critic of former President Donald Trump and has never shied away from voicing his political views.
In addition, he has Four-time NBA champion focuses on police brutality. After Jacob Blake was shot dead by police in Wisconsin last summer, James sought advice from former President Barack Obama.
After the Lakers beat the Trail Blazers In late February, James responded to Ibrahimovic’s comments, saying he would not take unsolicited advice and mentioned that he had a responsibility to « preach about equality ».
« I preach about my people and I preach about equality » James told reporters, “Social injustice. Racism. Systematic voter suppression. Things that are going on in our church.
« Because I was once a part of my church and saw the things that were going on and I know what’s going on because I have one at my school Have a group of 300+ kids going through the same thing and you need a voice. And I am her voice. I am their voice and use my platform to continue shedding light on anything that may be going on, not just in my community, but in this country and around the world. «
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