NBA All-Star LeBron James tells commentator ‘I will not shut up and dribble’

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error James, speaking at NBA All-Star media day, said he wouldn’t be silent.“I will definitely not do that,” he said. “I mean too much to society. I mean too much to the youth. I mean too much to so many kids that feel like they don’t have a way out and they need someone to help lead them out of the situation they’re in.”Durant on Friday labeled Ingraham’s comments as “racist.”James didn’t go that far. He did seek to correct her commentary, pointing out that he didn’t leave high school early but graduated from St. Vincent-St. Mary High School in Akron, Ohio. She said he departed high school early in order to jump to the NBA and the Cleveland Cavaliers.“You know, to be an African-American kid and to grow up in the inner-city with a single-parent mother and not being financially stable and to make it to where I’ve made it today, I think I’ve defeated the odds,” James said. “I want every kid to know that. I want everybody to know that the youth, they can do it as well. And what’s why I will not just shut up and dribble.” Oklahoma City forward Paul George defended James’ right to speak out.“We’re just part of what’s going on in this world, what’s going on in this society just as much as anybody else,” George said. “We’re fathers, we’re sons, we’re brothers, we’ve got family to look after and we’re connected just as deeply in this as anybody else is.“So, for someone to go out and say stick to dribbling a basketball, that’s pretty ignorant, that just goes to show you where we are at as a country right now.”James went on to thank Ingraham, even as he said he didn’t know her name.“The best thing she did is gone and help me create more awareness, so I appreciate her for even giving me even more awareness for me to sit up here on the greatest weekend of the NBA (season),” he said. “This is the best weekend in the NBA, where all the countries in the entire world come watch the greatest players in the world … and I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice and equality and why a woman on a certain network told me to shut up and dribble.“So, thank you, whatever her name is. I appreciate it. No one knows, and that’s perfect, because I get to sit up here and talk about what’s really important and how I can help change kids, not only in America, but in Brazil, but in England and in Mexico and all over. So, thank you.”center_img LOS ANGELES — Shut up and dribble?Nah, LeBron James said Saturday he has no intention of following the advice of a Fox News commentator. He said he would continue to address injustice whenever and wherever he saw it and to work to inspire young people in the United States and around the globe to live their dreams.“We will definitely not shut up and dribble,” James said in his first extended public comments since Laura Ingraham said he and fellow NBA All-Star Kevin Durant should stick to sports and leave political commentary to others. “Shut up and dribble,” Ingraham said.She also said: “Look, there might be a cautionary lesson in LeBron for kids. This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA. And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.”last_img read more

Spurs fans face travel hell for Leipzig tie with no direct flights to east Germany

first_imgTOTTENHAM fans were probably chuffed to bits to get RB Leipzig in the Champions League last 16 but their journey to Germany will be far from simple.Fans may no longer have to suffer the days of Europa League trips to far-flung corners of the continent and yet this tie is also not ideal travel-wise.2 Tottenham fans face a logistical nightmare trying to get to Leipzig for the Champions League last-16 clashThere are no direct flights from London airports to the eastern German city, requiring either an additional plane or train journey.This has created a conundrum for those hoping to watch the second leg after the sides were drawn together on Monday.Skyscanner recommends catching the 12.15pm flight from Heathrow on the day of the game, Tuesday March 10.Travelling via Dusseldorf over three hours, passengers land in Leipzig at 4.45pm – in time for the 9pm kick-off at Red Bull Arena, and can fly back the same way for £248.For the cheaper £158, a return via Cologne can be sorted that leaves at 5.35pm on the Wednesday and takes just over four hours.Such a lack of direct flights might compel supporters to fly into the nearby cities of Berlin or Dresden and complete their journey via train.2 The impressive Red Bull Arena, built for the 2006 World Cup, will await Spurs fans – if they can get thereCredit: Getty – ContributorSeveral flights from England land in the German capital every day and cost around £99 return, at time of writing.A train hop over to Leipzig will take less than 90 minutes, in addition to the one hour 50 minute flight and the connection to the train station.That will set you back around £20 per journey with a coach at just under £10 – but taking two-and-a-half hours.The historic city of Dresden is even closer, taking just over an hour on the train for the same price.latest champions league newsREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’CITY SITUATIONChampions Lg & Europa Lg to be played in ONE host city from quarters onwardREDS TEST2005 Champions League final quiz – How well do you remember Istanbul 15 years on?CRYING SHAMEPoch couldn’t stop crying after CL final as he talks for first time since axeEUR JOKINGCity, Chelsea & Man U’s dreams in jeopardy as govt impose quarantine on arrivalsRevealedLUK RAN OUTLukaku says he will NEVER forgive Chelsea flop AVB for 2012 Champ League axeRevealedRUSSIAN ROULETTEMan Utd’s 2008 Champions League Moscow heroes and where they are nowBut while flying over on the day of the game is an option costing as little as £80 on current rates, there are no direct returns to London until Thursday.In any case, unless the club lay on their own charter flights, travelling supporters will need to wait until the Wednesday to return.Finally, completing the journey from Tottenham to Leipzig via car will take at least ten hours but will take fans on a sightseeing tour through scenic locales such as Gent, Antwerp and Dortmund. Tottenham coach Jose Mourinho says everyone has the same chances in the first knockout round of the Champions Leaguelast_img read more