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Whitlock: ‘Laughable,’ ‘Foolish’ of LeBron James to Think of Himself as Muhammad Ali or MLK

In a Fox Sports 1 video essay for “Speak for Yourself,” Jason Whitlock responded to Cleveland Cavaliers star forward LeBron James likening himself to iconic boxer Muhammad Ali during his feud with Fox News Channel’s Laura Ingraham over her telling him to “shut up and dribble” instead of speaking out on politics.

“I don’t think Muhammad Ali tried to get a reward for [speaking on social issues]. I don’t think Jim Brown or Bill Russell or Jackie Robinson, and the list goes on, tried to get a reward for it,” James said Saturday.

Whitlock called James’s comparison “laughable” and “foolish,” adding the superstar needs to engage with his critics the way icons Muhammad Ali, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X all did if he “truly wants to be a powerful voice on social issues.”

“It cheapens the boldness and the courage it takes to truly compete in the marketplace of intellectual ideas,” said Whitlock.

“LeBron James is well-intentioned, but if he truly wants to be a powerful voice on social issues, he needs to have his sharpened by competing in the marketplace of ideas,” he continued. “Or he can remain blind to the simple things he clearly doesn’t know.”

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  1. Sal belardo

    February 21, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    When it comes to social issues or politics LeBron is as smart as the basketball!

  2. tony

    February 21, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    Lebron is, after all, just another entertainer, and like most of the idiots in Hollywood, he thinks way too much of himself and his opinions. He hasn’t a clue about much of what he speaks, having had little experience in the world of ideas and argument. He has a recognizable name and that’s it. He should try exercising humility to the degree he can bounce a ball!

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