- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 2, 2021

Zlatan Ibrahimovic is doubling down.

In a recent interview, the AC Milan soccer star insisted NBA sensation LeBron James should stick to sports rather than politics.

Last week, James fired back at Ibrahimovic, telling reporters he would “never shut up about things that are wrong.” The Lakers forward’s response came after Ibrahimovic said it didn’t “look good” for James to be involved in politics.

At a news conference Tuesday, Ibrahimovic didn’t seem moved by James’ explanation.

“Athletes unite the world, politics divide it,” he said, according to ESPN. “Our role is to unite the world by doing what we do best. Athletes should be athletes and politicians should do politics.”

On Friday, James said Ibrahimovic was messing with the wrong athlete “because I do my homework” when it comes to political matters. Over the last few years, James has become heavily involved politically — openly supporting Democratic candidates like Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden. 

For this past November’s election, James launched his “More than a Vote” campaign, a cause that focused on improving voter turnout and reducing voter suppression in the Black community. 

“I preach about my people, and I preach about equality,” James told reporters Friday when asked about Ibrahimovic. “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. “

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