Chris Long shoots down Laura Ingraham’s SticktoSports advice


Laura Ingraham cried foul Thursday night after LeBron James and Kevin Durant spoke up about a lack of political leadership in the U.S., telling the athletes to “shut up and dribble.” A lecture about sticking to sports from the Fox News host? That wasn’t something Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles would let pass.

The defensive end, who donated all of his 2017 salary to charity and supported teammate Malcolm Jenkins in his demonstration against police brutality and social injustice during the national anthem, fired back, pulling images of celebrities and sports figures who have appeared on Fox News to talk about political issues. People like Fabio, Chuck Norris, Jon Voight, Kid Rock, Bobby Knight, Ted Nugent and Curt Schilling. Knight and Schilling, of course, come from the world of sports, same as other Fox guests like Caitlyn Jenner and Johnny Damon.

“The point is, what’s the prerequisite for who can talk politics?” Long wrote. “So, Fox News folks who agree with Laura … you okay with these segments? And if you reply, ‘stick to sports,’ you should probably tune out of Fox News because they’ve got karate guys talking climate change on there. (Which I’m cool with … it’s his right.) Unless it’s just about you needing to feel like you’ve got control of athletes like LeBron.”

Long also took issue with one user who mentioned the agendas of other cable news networks.

“EVERYONE FOLLOWS AN AGENDA,” Long wrote. “The conversation pertains to shutting down athletes speaking on politics or social issues based on some lack of merit, yet giving Fabio a platform.”

In her commentary, Ingraham pointed out that Durant played one year of college ball, and claimed that James left high school early to play in the NBA. (He did not.)

“Must they run their mouths like that?” she asked. “Unfortunately, a lot of kids — and some adults — take these ignorant comments seriously. 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 a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball. Oh, and LeBron and Kevin: You’re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or, as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”

James gave Ingraham her launching pad in an interview, alongside Durant, that ran on the Cleveland star’s Uninterrupted website.

“The climate is hot,” James said, talking about being an athlete with a platform during these politically agitated times. “The number one job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a f— about the people. When I was growing up, there was like three jobs that you looked [up to] for inspiration. It was the president of the United States, it was whoever was best in sports and it was the greatest musician.

“You never thought you could be them, but you can grab inspiration from them. … I never felt I could be the president of the United States, but I grabbed inspiration from that,” James said. “And this time right now, with the president of the United States, it’s at a bad time. And while we cannot change what comes out of that man’s mouth, we can continue to alert the people that watch us, that listen to us, [that] this is not the way.”

Durant, a former NBA MVP, echoed James’s comments.

“When we’re talking about leadership, and what’s going on in our country, it’s all about leadership,” Durant said. “And I learned that from basketball. I learned a lot of life skills from playing basketball. You need to empower people, you need to encourage people. And that’s what builds a great team. And I feel like our team as a country is not ran by a great coach.”

Not long after the violence in his home town of Charlottesville in August, Long decided shortly to donate his 2017 game checks to a few chosen charities: his first six game checks went to educational programs in and around Charlottesville; his final 10 went to groups in St. Louis, Boston and Philadelphia, cities in which he played professionally.

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