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Fox News Host Laura Ingraham Fires Back, Invites NBA Star LeBron James on Her Show for TV Debate

Fox News host Laura Ingraham has challenged Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James to come on her show, and debate the mixing of sports and politics.

The invite comes after critics slammed Ingraham for telling the NBA star to “shut up and dribble,” instead of talking about politics.

Ingraham tweeted out the invitation after taking the slings and arrows of a list of entertainers and sports figures for her criticism of the player:

The Fox host sparked the controversy after telling LeBron James to lay off his near weekly attacks on President Donald Trump and keep his mind on his sport.

On the February 15 broadcast of her Ingraham Angle show, Ingraham said that James’ comments were “barely intelligible, not to mention ungrammatical.” She also slammed James saying, “it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.”

Ingraham was responding to yet another anti-Trump screed from the player who was heard saying Trump “doesn’t give a f**k” about people on the Uninterrupted Rolling With Champion podcast.

The evening Fox News host took criticism from a list of sports figures and at least one entertainer after she criticized James. Included among the attackers were Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade, Philadelphia Eagles DE Chris Long, Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant, and actress Ellen Pompeo.

Fox News has since released a statement from Laura Ingraham answering to her critics:

“In 2003, I wrote a New York Times bestseller called ‘Shut Up & Sing,’ in which I criticized celebrities like the Dixie Chicks & Barbra Streisand who were trashing then-President George W. Bush. I have used a variation of that title for more than 15 years to respond to performers who sound off on politics. I’ve told Robert DeNiro to ‘Shut Up & Act,’ Jimmy Kimmel to ‘Shut Up & Make Us Laugh,’ and just this week told the San Antonio Spurs’ Gregg Popovich to ‘Shut up & Coach.’ If pro athletes and entertainers want to freelance as political pundits, then they should not be surprised when they’re called out for insulting politicians. There was no racial intent in my remarks – false, defamatory charges of racism are a transparent attempt to immunize entertainment and sports elites from scrutiny and criticism. Additionally, we stated on my show that these comments came from an ESPN podcast, which was not the case – the content was unaffiliated with ESPN.”

James has not yet responded to the invitation to appear on Ingraham’s show.

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  1. Larry S. Buchanan Jr.

    February 19, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Man up Lebron, and put your money where your mouth is. Only in the United States which has helped you develop into the player you are can you get away with shooting your mouth off. Stick to Basketball, and stop acting like you know about what is going on in the country. If you have such strong opinions, then retire, and run for office yourself!

  2. florence

    February 19, 2018 at 2:36 am

    Dear Laura, you don’t need to have those “thugs” who use foul language on you informative program.

  3. Bueford Wade

    February 19, 2018 at 2:39 am

    He will NEVER show up. He is too Ignorant and can hardly speak proper English . To hear him say ‘ ya know what I’m sayin ” 500 times will just make him look as stupid as he truly is . She is right . He needs to SHUT UP AND DRIBBLE . That is all he can do anyway . WOW , run up and down a basketball court and make a basket . What a great achievement , for all of Mankind !

  4. Scott Thompson

    February 19, 2018 at 2:42 am

    You Go Laura Ingraham!!! Lebron James and these actors/athletes/celebrities are cowards, hiding behind the race card, that all they have! Disgraceful!!

  5. Michael Mortician

    February 19, 2018 at 2:52 am

    FIRST…Lebron AINT The KING, There is only ONE KING IN THE SPORTS WORLD AND THAT IS “Richard KING Petty” HE Made His Bones Back When Racing Was Rubbing and You Didn’t Aways Just Walk Away from an accident, something this PAMPERED,Prima Donna, LipService Lebran James Knows Nothing About, Being A Man!


    February 19, 2018 at 2:55 am


  7. Patricia

    February 19, 2018 at 4:11 am

    it takes BRAINS to debate or have a civil conversation and his IQ s about 45….. don’t take a lot of gray matter to bounce a darn ball or speak like a gutter rat…………………………….

  8. Lavona Areno

    February 19, 2018 at 4:16 am


  9. Bill D

    February 19, 2018 at 4:49 am

    Come on the show LeBron. You are a very talented basketball player. Are you able to coherently express your opinion about President Trump ? Come on the Laura Ingraham program and show us how your knowledge of mixing sports and politics should be considered relevant to anyone.
    The primary reason your opinions are even displayed is because of your athletic ability.
    ‘We’ know you are a good basketball player.
    Now show us what a prolific political orator you are and how your opinion concerning politics should be distributed and influence the people. Or are you a ‘chicken’ as the big guys used to taunt the players that were shorter, younger and had less ability.

  10. Sue

    February 19, 2018 at 6:05 pm

    He’s not intelligent enough to take on Laura, he just like to shoot off his mouth!!!

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