The sparring between LeBron James and Laura Ingraham is kicking into a higher gear, with the basketball star firing back at the host for telling him to stay away from talking politics.

On a recent web series, James said the following:

“The number one job in America, the point-of person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people, and really don’t give a f*** about the people,” James said. “While we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth [President Trump], we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us that this is not the way.”

Ingraham called James’ remarks “barely intelligible” and “ungrammatical.”

“Must they run their mouths like that?” she said. “This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. Keep the political commentary to yourself. Or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”

But James says he isn’t keeping his mouth shut.

“I will definitely not do that,” he said during All-Star weekend. “I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids who feel like they don’t have a way out.”

He reportedly continued speaking about the issue after the game.

“It’d been the same as telling Jackie Robinson to shut up and slide into home base, or Jesse Owens to shut up and just go triple jump,” James continued. “I can’t do that, because of so many people that’s looking up to me, and so many that’s going to come after me.”

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