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The war of words between Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Lebron James explained

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is facing a backlash after singling out basketball great LeBron James telling him to ‘stick to what you’re good at’ and ‘athletes unite the world, politics divide it’.

The always humble (sarcasm) Swedish superstar said:

‘I play football because I’m the best… if I talked about politics, I’d be a politician. 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 at 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 risk doing something wrongly.”

Zlatan Ibrahimovic

On the other hand, Lebron James is many things. He is much more decorated than Ibrahimovic. He is one of basketball’s greatest-ever players, a four-time NBA champion, four-time Most Valuable Player, and 17-time NBA All-Star.

He is also one of leading voices against racial injustice in the United States, using his platform to tackle racism, police brutality and wide social injustices.

James has hit back at Ibrahimovic’s comments, with the Swede even saying in the past that Muhammad Ali was his favourite athlete because of ‘what he did inside and outside the ring’.

“I will never shut up about things that are wrong, I preach about my people and I preach about equality, social justice, racism, voter suppression – things that go on in our community. Because I was a part of my community at one point and saw the things that were going on, and I know what’s still going on because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that are going through the same thing and they need a voice. I speak from a very educated mind. I’m kind of the wrong guy to go at, because I do my homework.” – Lebron James

The third-leading scorer in NBA history also backs initiatives pursuing social justice and voting rights.

Last year, he responded to President Donald Trump’s claim that he won’t watch any more NBA games because people kneeled to protest systemic racism during the national anthem by saying: ‘I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership.

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