More than two years ago, Fox News television host Laura Ingraham asked LeBron James to â€œshut up and dribbleâ€ when the superstar was publicly critical of U.S. President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, in the wake of widespread protests about racial injustices following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, James posted a powerful video on Instagram to explain why he wonâ€™t fulfill Ingrahamâ€™s request.
The video is a series of sentences that cleverly transition in sync with the sound of a basketballâ€™s bounce.
First, they are sports themed: â€œShut up and dribbleâ€; â€œShut up and tackle.â€
Then, they become more general: â€œShut up and get paidâ€; â€œShut up and just do your job.â€
Next, they start telling the story of an encounter with police: â€œShut up and do you live around here?â€; â€œShut up and you fit the description.â€
That leads to sentences that loosely depict the injustice Floyd faced when Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin put all his weight on a prone Floydâ€™s neck for more than eight minutes: â€œShut up and get on the groundâ€; â€œShut up and lay still.â€
Finally, James closes with a statement and a question: â€œThis is why we canâ€™t just stick to sports. Do you understand now?â€