Kevin Durant has weighed in on the controversy from FOX News host Laura Ingraham's comments about LeBron James.
Kevin Durant was with James and ESPN's Cari Champion in the video for UNINTERRUPTED, during which James made comments against President Donald Trump.
LeBron has been no stranger to criticizing Trump, and continued it with his comments in the video:
“The climate is hot. The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f— about the people,”
In response, FOX News' Laura Ingraham, host of The Ingraham Angle, told James that he should "shut up and dribble," criticizing the NBA great for his lack of a college education. She also took a shot at his and Durant's grammar in the video.
Ingraham received a wave of backlash for the segment, including from Philadelphia Eagles defensive lineman Chris Long, who pointed out all of the non-politicians who have been on FOX News to discuss politics.
On Instagram yesterday, James made a post clearly directed at Ingraham.
Ingraham released a statement after the controversy, attempting to clarify her "shut up and dribble" phrase as a version of something she has said to numerous other celebrities. Of course, that was never really what people were upset about.
The real issue is her use of LeBron James's lack of college education, only the case because he had the chance to jump to the NBA to immediately make millions of dollars, to insinuate that he does not have the ability to discuss non-sports matters.
Kevin Durant was asked about Ingraham's comments, and didn't obfuscate in his response. He called the rant "racist." FromUSA Today:
Q: Did you watch whole segment?
A: “Yeah, I watched it. But like I said, you tend to focus on the positive. It’s just sad to see people who think that way. It’s weird. It’s not even a place where we should be as humans. …To me, it was racist. What does (skin color) have to do with anything? We all have an opinion, just like she has an opinion that I disagree with. But I’m not going on TV, or tweeting, and calling her…
Q: Well she’s obviously questioning intellect, which is why it obviously struck a nerve with so many people.
A: “Yes. Yes. That’s exactly what it is. ..I just feel bad for her. I feel sorry for her, because she doesn’t understand.”
Durant and James are both playing in this weekend's NBA All-Star Game. Given that stage, it might not be the last we hear of this back-and-forth.