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McCollum: Fox News’ Comments “Disrespectful”

Laura Ingraham calls LeBron James “barely intelligible” in ad hominem rant against superstar.

NBA: Utah Jazz at Portland Trail Blazers Jaime Valdez-USA TODAY Sports

Fox News personality Laura Ingraham advised NBA superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant to stay out of politics, asking “Must they run their mouths like that?” in response to their Uninterrupted criticism of President Donald Trump, seen below.

”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.” — James

Ingraham calls James’ “R-rated” comments “barely intelligible” and protests his qualification to speak, citing his desire to leave high school a year early as a youth.

Sean Deveney of Sporting News asked Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum what he thought of Ingraham’s statements:

”I think that’s disrespectful because it challenges our knowledge outside of sports,” McCollum said. “It kind of puts us in a box. The lady who said it, for one, she was reading off a teleprompter, which is very easy to do, and, for two, we all have opinions on things because we’re Americans, we’re humans. We’ve grown up here and seen different things based on where you grew up at.”

”I think LeBron said it best,” McCollum said. “Having money doesn’t change your color or race — you still are either a white man, a black man, a European man, an Asian man, you still have experiences in your life that are different than the next person, regardless of how much money you have.

Miami Heat guard and future hall-of-famer Dwyane Wade also commented on Ingraham’s incendiary tirade:

The publication of the Uninterrupted video, filmed in January, and the subsequent response from Ingraham arrive just before the commencement of NBA All-Star Weekend.