Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubles down in ongoing war of words with LeBron James

Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubles down in ongoing war of words with LeBron James by telling NBA star that ‘athletes unite the world and politics divides’

  • Zlatan Ibrahimovic claimed athletes with a ‘standing’ shouldn’t discuss politics 
  • The AC Milan man criticised LeBron James and different socially aware athletes 
  • But LA Lakers legend James has hit again, insisting he won’t ever not converse up 
  • Zlatan has now doubled down and reiterated his stance in opposition to activism 

Zlatan Ibrahimovic has doubled down on his view that athletes ought to steer clear of politics and activism, biting again at LeBron James. 

The AC Milan ahead has been partaking in a back-and-forth disagreement with the NBA legend and has reiterated his stance on the matter after James identified that the Swede had himself spoken in opposition to racism in his homeland earlier than.   

‘Racism and politics are two various things. We athletes unite the world, politics divides the world,’ stated the 39-year-old striker stated on Tuesday. 

Ibrahimovic believes athletes should not venture into activism or politics

Zlatan Ibrahimovic (proper) informed LeBron James that racism and politics are completely different spheres

‘Everyone is welcome, it has nothing to do with the place you might be from, we do what we do to unite. We do not do different issues as a result of we aren’t good at it, in any other case I might be in politics.

‘That’s my message. Athletes have to be athletes, politicians have to be politicians.’

Ibrahimovic had beforehand informed Discovery+: ‘[LeBron] is phenomenal at what he is doing, however I do not prefer it when individuals have some type of standing, they go and do politics on the identical time. 

‘Do what you are good at. Do the class you do. I play soccer as a result of I’m one of the best at taking part in soccer.

Ibrahimovic (centre) thinks that athletes need to stay in their lane as athletes

Ibrahimovic (centre) thinks that athletes want to remain in their lane as athletes 

‘I do not do politics. If I might be a political politician, I might do politics. That is the primary mistake individuals do once they change into well-known they usually change into in a sure standing.

‘Stay out of it. Just do what you do greatest as a result of it would not look good.’

At the weekend, James had responded to Zlatan’s criticism by saying he was ‘the mistaken man’ to be arguing with.

James stated: ‘I might by no means shut up about issues which can be mistaken. ‘I preach about my individuals and I preach about equality, social injustice, racism, systematic voter suppression, issues that go on in our neighborhood.’  

James’ Instagram story on Saturday morning was a video saying: ‘When y’all gone be taught that… I’m greater than an athlete.’ 

James' most recent Instagram story says: 'When y'all gone learn that I am more than an athlete'

James’ most up-to-date Instagram story says: ‘When y’all gone be taught that I’m greater than an athlete’

James has stood up for a number of causes and funds the I Promise School in his native Ohio

James has stood up for a quantity of causes and funds the I Promise School in his native Ohio

The LA Lakers star funds the I Promise School in his native Akron, Ohio, aimed toward at-risk kids and college students’ households to make sure a steady studying expertise at residence. 

The third-leading scorer in NBA historical past additionally backs initiatives pursuing social justice and voting rights.

Last year, he responded to President Donald Trump’s declare that he will not watch any extra NBA video games as a result of individuals kneeled to protest systemic racism in the course of the nationwide anthem by saying: ‘I actually do not assume the basketball neighborhood are unhappy about dropping his viewership.’  


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