Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James had none of AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic's criticism of his social activism as the Purple and Gold superstar underlined that he will never stick to only sports. This week, Ibrahimovic -- who played for the Los Angeles Galaxy before returning to Europe -- suggested that James should stick to the thing that he is good at and that's basketball.
"He was the same guy who said when he was back in Sweden ... because his last name wasn't a certain last name, that he felt there was some racism going on when he was out on the pitch," James said, per ESPN.
"I speak from a very educated mind, so I'm kind of the wrong guy to actually go at because I do my homework." Ibrahimovic has Bosnian roots and few years ago he suggested that he was subject to "undercover racism."
"I am not Andersson or Svensson," Ibrahimovic told Canal+ in 2018, referring to what he considered racist treatment from the media. "If I would be that, trust me, they would defend me even if I would rob a bank.
They would defend me, I tell you."
James well known for his social activism
James has never been shy of using his platform and position to point out the racism that African-American people face on a daily basis in the United States.
"I would never shut up about things that are wrong," James said following the Lakers' 102-93 win over the Trail Blazers on Friday night. "I preach about my people and I preach about equality. Social injustice.
Racism. Systematic 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 was going on and I know what's going on still because I have a group of 300-plus kids at my school that are going through the same thing and they need a voice.
And I'm their voice. I'm their voice and I use my platform to continue to shed light on everything that may be going on, not only in my community, but around this country and around the world. "So, there's no way I would ever just stick to sports because I understand how this platform and how powerful my voice is."
Meanwhile, James scored 28 points, had 11 rebounds and seven assists as the Lakers beat the Portland Trail Blazers 102-93.