Ibrahimovic said in an interview on Thursday that athletes like four-time NBA champion James, who was one of the NBA’s leading voices against racial injustice and police brutality, should avoid the mistake of getting involved in political issues and focus only on sports instead .
“I’ll never shut up about things that are wrong. I preach about my people and I preach about equality, social justice, racism, voter suppression – things that are going on in our community,” James told reporters the Lakers. 93 win against the Portland Trail Blazers.
“I will use my platform to continue shedding light on everything that is going on in this country and around the world. There is no way I would just stick with sports because I understand how powerful this platform and my voice are . “
James also pointed to comments made by Ibrahimovic in 2018 when the Swedish striker claimed “covert racism” caused the media to treat him differently from players with traditional surnames like Andersson or Svensson.
“He’s the guy who said in Sweden he was talking about the same things because his last name wasn’t a (traditional Swedish) last name, he felt like racism was going on,” James said.
“I speak from a very educated mind. I’m the wrong one for doing my homework.”