Fox News host Laura Ingraham’s critical comments to LeBron James drew a strong retort from Dwyane Wade. Now Wayne Ellington, who competed in Saturday night’s 3-point Contest, weighed in. The following excerpt is from a Palm Beach Post article by Tom D’Angelo.
“We’re people; we’re human beings,” Ellington said. “We’re not just athletes, we’re not just basketball players. We have a voice we can speak on anything going on the world, it’s not just about basketball, it’s bigger than basketball.
“When we get put in a box, it’s unfortunate. I think it’s kind of ignorant at the same time.”
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also came to the defense of James and Kevin Durant. And Wade spoke during the televised NBA All-Star Saturday events, saying that the NBA stands for equality, inclusion and diversity.
Adam Silver on Kevin Durant/LeBron James/Fox News "controversy": "I'm incredibly proud of our players for using the platform they have" to speak out on social issues.— Kurt Helin (@basketballtalk) February 18, 2018
Well said, @DwyaneWade.#NBAVoices pic.twitter.com/w1om8iJFFB— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) February 18, 2018
As I said before, I’m with Wade, Silver and Ellington on this one. Ingraham argued that because James and Durant are successful athletes, they shouldn’t voice their opinions. Ingraham has apparently told a bunch of celebrities to shut up. But before he ran for president, Donald Trump was a television host. Should he have shut up when he, I don’t know, falsely claimed that President Barack Obama wasn’t born in the country?