Popovich Defends LeBron James

by Elizabeth Ruiz

Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich hopes NBA superstar LeBron James continues to speak out on social issues.

He came to the defense of the Cleveland Cavaliers forward after Fox News host Laura Ingraham recently said James should “shut up and dribble” instead of talking about politics.

“To me, when I heard about that it was just an unbelievable show of arrogance for a talking head to try and tell someone else if they can speak, what they can speak about and when and where to do it,” Popovich said. “It’s just ludicrous,” he said.

The controversy stems from a discussion by James and the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant about social issues and President Donald Trump on ESPN’s The Undefeated.

Popovich told reporters in Cleveland it’s about the First Amendment and you can have opinions “as a coach, as a plumber, as an astrophysicist and a lowly reporter.”

He said the four-time MVP is a brilliant example to millions of children “who has consistently exhibited excellence in the workplace and gives them a voice.” He likened James to the Black Panther superhero.

Pop, an Air Force veteran, hasn’t hesitated to jump into political controversies. He has openly criticized President Trump and when asked by reporters about the importance of Black History Month, he stated that we live in a “racist country.”


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