Lewis Hamilton could boycott the Saudi Arabian GP, because of a letter sent to the mercedes driver by about fifty associations in defense of human rights and Arab NGOs, which ask to the British champion to boycott the Saudi Arabia GP in Jeddah.
They ask it due to the war in Yemen, the detention of some local activists and the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The NGOs sent him a letter to the seven-time world champion asking them to reflect on his participation or at least to use the Grand Prix as a very important showcase for making a declaration on human rights.
They said to Hamilton: "You have shown immense courage in your fight. If the best F1 driver refuses to compete in Saudi Arabia it will be talked about and it could be of great help in convincing the country to finally change its conception of human rights.
It would send the message that the world is not blind to its intention to hide its war crimes and human rights violations. Since many women have been punished for texting you could put a sticker of one of these on the your car during the race or wear a T-shirt inviting the Saudi government to release them from prison."
Zlatan Ibrahimovic against LeBron James and his political activism
Zlatan Ibrahimovic criticized LeBron James for excessive exposure on political issues. Zlatan said: "I like LeBron a lot, it's phenomenal what he's doing, but I don't like it when people who have a certain kind of status are in politics at the same time.
I play football because I'm the best at football, not I'm a politician. I mean: do what you're good at, do your job. It's the first mistake a person makes famous." He referred to the positions taken on US politics and on the issues of black lives matter.
Here is the response from the NBA star: "I am the wrong person to criticize because he talks about politics without knowing anything. I prepare myself before speaking, my comments come from a very polite mind. There is no way that I will shut up in the face of injustice and limit myself to sports.
I am part of my community and I have over 300 kids in my schools who need a voice and I am their voice, and I will always deal with issues such as equality, social justice, racism, medical care and the right to vote. I know how powerful my voice is and the 'platform' from which I speak and I will use it always to take care of certain things, in my community, in my country and around the world.
It is funny that he says these things, because he is the same guy who in 2018 talked about racism in Sweden linked to his origins and his surname." About his surname in Sweden, Ibrha said: "It's systematic racism, not direct but systematic.
If they can choose between defending me and attacking me, they choose to attack me. They do it because my name is Ibrahimovic and not Andersson or Svensson. If I was called Andersson or Svensson. , believe me, they would defend me regardless, even if I robbed a bank. They would just defend me, because what I did no one ever did. "