International soccer superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic is not a fan of LeBron James’ outspokenness when it comes to politics.
During an interview with Discovery+ Sweden the 39-year-old A.C. Milan striker said he believes athletes and celebrities like LeBron should leave the politics for the politicians.
‘I don’t like when people, when they have some kind of status, and they do politics at the same time as what they are doing.’
Zlatan Ibrahimovic says LeBron James and other high profile athletes should simply stick to sports. 👀
— theScore (@theScore) February 26, 2021
“LeBron is phenomenal at what he’s doing, but I don’t like when people have some kind of status, they go and do politics at the same time what they’re doing. do what you’re good at.”“I play football because I’m the best playing football, I’m no politician. If I’d been a politician, I would be doing politics. This is the first mistake famous people do when they become famous: for me it is better to avoid certain topics and do what you’re good doing, otherwise you risk doing something wrongly.”
Zlatan’s comments didn’t sit well with former Olympic gold medalist Michael Johnson.
Okay @Ibra_official based on your position @KingJames is great at basketball and shouldn’t voice his opinion about politics. You’re really good at football so you shouldn’t voice your opinion about Lebron using his platform for good. Or your opinion on anything outside football! https://t.co/xNbDo5vc9g
— Michael Johnson (@MJGold) February 26, 2021