Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubles down on criticism of LeBron James, other athletes for political activism
After having tackled LeBron James for the first time on his political commitment, Zlatan Ibrahimovic explained again his point of view after the cash response in recent days from the NBA star.
Can a top-level athlete publicly take political positions? On this subject, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and LeBron James do not share the same point of view and have not hesitated to make it known in recent days. The Swedish forward was the first to question the Los Angeles Lakers star’s commitment.
“To be honest, I don’t like it when people with a certain status are involved in politics in addition to their profession. Do what you’re good at. Stay in your field, Ibra had advised, referring to the case of LeBron James, in an interview for Discovery +. I play soccer because that’s where I’m the best. I don’t get involved in politics “,
“Athletes must be athletes”
Ibrahimovic’s words didn’t take long to find resonance on the other side of the Atlantic, where the four-time NBA winner quickly responded by standing up for his beliefs. “I’m never going to be silent about things that I don’t think are good. I denounce racism, social injustices, the suppression of the vote, the things which do not pass in our community, had defended LeBron James after the remarks of Zlatan Ibrahimovic. Because I am part of this community and I see the things that are happening there and that continues to happen through the 300 children in my school going through the same things. They need a voice and I am their voice. ”
Hosting the famous San Remo festival this week, Zlatan Ibrahimovic took the time again to answer the basketball player and explain his point of view. “Racism and politics are two different things. As athletes, we unite the world, where politics divide it. Everyone is welcome in sport and it has nothing to do with where you are from, and we do what we do to unite people. We don’t do other things because we’re not good at it, and otherwise it would be politics, the current AC Milan scorer said again, responding to LeBron James. This is my message. Athletes must be athletes. Politicians must be politicians. ”
Not sure that Zlatan Ibrahimovic and LeBron James manage to agree. Suffering from adductors, the former Los Angeles Galaxy player will be away from the field for ten days. This season, the 39-year-old has scored 14 Serie A goals.