Kobe Bryant won an Oscar tonight for his animated short film “Dear Basketball.” Beat that, MJ and LeBron.
As an Oscar winner, Bryant had to make an acceptance speech. Often times, celebrities use their stage time at awards shows to make political or social statements.
Bryant was no different. He took a jab at Fox News commentator Laura Ingraham for her controversial comments about LeBron James.
If you recall, it was Ingraham who said James should “shut up and dribble” after he criticized President Donald Trump. A number of NBA players and coaches fired back at her comments, as did James himself.
Tonight, Bryant dropped a quick one-liner about Ingraham as he was presented his award.
“As basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble,” Bryant said. “I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”
You can see the video below:
Kobe takes a shot at Laura Ingraham's "Shut up and dribble" quote at the Oscars pic.twitter.com/40CbggK7jw
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Bryant’s quip earned laughter from the audience and we’d bet many fellow NBA players appreciated it. At the same time, he’ll probably receive some backlash for it as well.
The 2018 Oscars are being aired on ABC.