The basketball icon has accused the striker of hypocrisy and says he won’t stop talking about social injustice.
has recently criticized
for getting involved in politics. The 39-year-old claimed that athletes like James are misusing their popularity and should stick to what they are good at. However, James has responded to Zlatan’s comments and has insisted that he will never stop expressing his political beliefs.
“I will never shut up about things that are wrong,"
James said in a press conference.
"I preach about my people and I preach about equality. Social injustice, racism, systematic voter suppression, things that go on in our community.
"I was part of my community, I’ve seen the things that are going on. I have a group of 300-plus kids in my school that are going through the same thing and they need a voice. I am their voice and I use my platform to shed light on things that are going on, not only in my community but around this country and around the world.
"There is no way I will ever just stick to sports because I know with this platform, how powerful my voice is. You can ask Renee Montgomery (former WNBA player and now part-owner of Atlanta Dream) if I had just shut up and dribbled. Seeing that beautiful black woman today become a part of an ownership group now with the Atlanta Dream.
"It’s funny that he’s (Ibrahimovic) said that because I believe back in 2018 he’s the same guy who said that when he was back in Sweden, he was talking about the same things. Because his last name wasn’t a certain last name, he felt like there was some racism going on while he was out on the pitch… right?
"He did say that, right? Yeah. I thought he said that. I speak from a very educated mind. I’m the wrong guy to go at because I do my homework."