AC Milan star Zlatan Ibrahimovic has clarified what he exactly by saying that Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James should keep out of politics. James, a four-time NBA champion, is one of the most accomplished African-American athletes in sports history and he is well-known for his social activism.
But last week Ibrahimovic suggested that James should stick to what he is good at and keep out of politics. ''Politics divides the world, sport unites it. Football unites athletes wherever, we do what we do to unite; this was my message.
Athletes should be athletes and politicians should do politicians,'' said Ibrahimovic, when asked to clarify his comments on James, per SportsCenter. Last week, Ibrahimovic said: "(LeBron) is phenomenal at what he's doing, but I don't like when people have some kind of status, they go and do politics at the same time.
"Do what you're good at. Do the category you do. I play football because I'm the best at playing football. I don't do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics. "That is the big first mistake people do when they become famous and they become in a certain status.
Stay out of it. Just do what you do best because it doesn't look good."
James quickly responded to Ibrahimovic
When asked by reporters what he thought about Ibrahimovic's comments, James was clear that he would never stick to just sports.
"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 last week.
"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 was one of the most vocal athletes last year after the murder of George Floyd. Meanwhile, James is having another strong season as he is an MVP candidate.