“You’re great players but no one voted for you,” she concluded, addressing Mr. James and Mr. Durant. “Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”
Ms. Ingraham’s comments referred to a clip of Mr. James and Mr. Durant criticizing the president from Mr. James’s video platform, Uninterrupted. Mr. James spoke about his experience as an African-American and then, prompted by Ms. Champion, repeated his past criticisms of Mr. Trump.
Mr. Durant then described how he learned life skills from basketball and compared Mr. Trump to a “bad coach.” On her show, Ms. Ingraham edited the clip to remove substantial portions of both men’s comments.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Mr. James has been politically outspoken, particularly in regard to Mr. Trump. In September, he called the president a “bum” after Mr. Trump said he had withdrawn an invitation for the Golden State Warriors to visit the White House.
After a racial slur was painted on the front gates of his home in Los Angeles last year, Mr. James addressed how he continues to struggle with racism, despite his success.
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is — it’s tough,” Mr. James said at the time. “And we got a long way to go for us as a society and for us as African-Americans until we feel equal in America.”
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