ESPN’s Cari Champion blasts FOX News host for disparaging LeBron James
Cari Champion, the ESPN broadcaster who became tangentially embroiled in the controversy involving Laura Ingraham disparaging LeBron James, blasted the FOX News host for her critical commentary.
Champion served as driver and interviewer for an edition of the UNINTERRUPTED series “Rolling with the Champion” that featured James and Kevin Durant. During the interview, James again made critical comments about President Donald Trump, saying he “really don’t give a (expletive) about the people.”
Ingraham reacted to James simply speaking his mind by blasting the NBA superstar, saying, among other things, that James’ commentary was “barely intelligible” and an “ungrammatical take.” She also wondered why James and Durant “must they run their mouths like that” and that both should stop discussing politics and “shut up and dribble.”
'Shut up and dribble' — Fox News's Laura Ingraham to LeBron and Kevin Durant after their criticism of President Trump pic.twitter.com/0BlokQDIIl
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 16, 2018
Champion admitted during a recent appearance with Richard Deitsch on the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast that she was left utterly disgusted with Ingraham’s commentary.
“I was furious, I was angry, I was pissed off,” Champion said. “I was all the things that everybody else was that watched that. She essentially, to me, said, ‘Shut up, n-word.’ I really didn’t like how it came across. It hit my spirits really, really hard. Because that is exactly what LeBron was talking about the entire car ride. That’s exactly what KD was talking about the entire car ride.”
James also had thoughts on Ingraham, initially weighing in on the situation ahead of last Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game.
'The best thing she did was help me create more awareness' — LeBron on Fox News' Laura Ingraham's comments https://t.co/hp5ATRyXUH pic.twitter.com/DrRUxu38Is
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) February 17, 2018
“We will definitely not shut up and dribble. … I mean too much to society, too much to the youth, too much to so many kids who feel like they don’t have a way out,” James said. “… I had no idea who she is … until now. So she won in that case.”