LeBron James responds to comments from Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
- LeBron, go away from the court for a second. Zlatan, the soccer player, said that he believes that famous people and athletes, such as yourself, shouldn't use their platform to do anything other than what they're good at in their athletic endeavor. As someone who has promoted the idea of more than an athlete and trying to empower players to use their voice to speak on their communities, do you have any response to what he said?
- Nah, absolutely not. I mean, because at the end of the day, I would never shut up about things that's wrong. I preach about my people, and I preach about equality, social injustice, racism, systematic voter suppression, things that go on in our community. Because I was a part of my community at one point and seen 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. So if there's no reason-- well, no, I won't say no reason. But there's no way I will ever just stick to sports because I understand how this platform and how powerful my voice is, and he can just ask Renee Montgomery if I would have shut up and just dribbled, seeing that beautiful black woman today be a part of a group where she's part of an ownership group now with the Atlanta Dream down in Atlanta.
And it's funny he say that because I believe in like 2018 he was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden, talking about the same things. Because his last name wasn't a certain last name that he felt like it was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch. Right? He did say that, right? Yeah.
I thought he said that. So I speak from a very educated mind. So I'm kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework.