AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic, said sportspersons like Lakers player Lebron James should avoid getting involved in politics.
Ibrahimovic described the NBA champion as an exceptional basketball player. Lebron James has been at the forefront of the fight against racism and police brutality in the United States.
The four-time NBA champion often criticized the former US President, Donald Trump. He also formed a group that aimed at doing away with voter deprivation in black communities.
“I like him (James) a lot. He’s phenomenal, but I don’t like when people with a status speak about politics. Do what you’re good at doing,” Ibrahimovic told Uefa and Discovery+ in Sweden.
“I play football because I’m the best playing football, I’m no politician. If I’d been a politician, I would be doing politics.
“This is the first mistake famous people do when they become famous: for me it is better to avoid certain topics and do what you’re good doing, otherwise you risk doing something wrongly.”
James’ fight against racism and Donald Trump’s administration prompted mean comments from Laura Ingraham. She told James and his teammate Kevin Durant to “shut up and dribble.”
The great American sprint, Michael Johnson, criticized Ibrahimovic.
“Okay Ibra, based on your position @KingJames is great at basketball and shouldn’t voice his opinion about politics,” Johnson tweeted.
“You’re really good at football so you shouldn’t voice your opinion about LeBron using his platform for good. Or your opinion on anything outside football!”
Michael Johnson’s statement prompted different reactions from the fans on Twitter, with the majority saying Ibrahimovic’s message was misunderstood.