Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubles down on Lebron James comments

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Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubles down on Lebron James comments

Criticism continues

AC Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic has doubled down on his criticism of athletes who mix politics and sports.

Following singling out the NBA’s Los Angeles Laker’s Lebron James last week for bringing politics into the sporting arena, the Swedish superstar spoke again on the subject at a press conference for the San Remo music festival, which he is co-hosting.

He said, “Athletes unite the world, politics divide it. Our role is to unite the world by doing what we do best. Athletes should be athletes and politicians should do politics.” 

Last week former Manchester United striker Ibrahimovic told UEFA and Discovery+in Sweden.

I like James a lot. He’s phenomenal, what he’s doing, but I don’t like when people with a status speak about politics. Do what you’re good at doing. “

“I play football because I’m the best playing football, I don’t do politics. 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 rise doing something wrongly.”

Lebron Response

Zlatan Ibrahimovic doubles down on Lebron James comments

MILAN, ITALY – JANUARY 26: Romelu Lukaku of FC Internazionale clashes with Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan during the Coppa Italia match between FC Internazionale and AC Milan at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on January 26, 2021 in Milan, Italy. Sporting stadiums around Italy remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)

His comments didn’t fall on deaf ears and James responded to his comments.

It remains to be seen if Lebron James will respond again, but as he is one of the NBA’s most outspoken stars on racial injustice and police brutality, he may feel the need to do so again.

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