Kobe Bryant Wins Oscar, Takes Dig at Fox News Host

Bryant addressed Laura Ingraham’s comments against LeBron James.

Kobe Bryant and Glen Keane accept the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film for "Dear Basketball." REUTERS

Former NBA Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant, along with animator Glen Keane, won the Oscar on Sunday night for best animated short film for “Dear Basketball.”

The film is based on a poem Bryant wrote in 2015 announcing his impending retirement from his basketball career.

During their acceptance speech, Keane said, “Whatever form your dream may take, it’s through passion and perseverance that the impossible is possible.”

When Bryant, the executive producer of the film, stepped to the microphone, he took the opportunity to point out a comment Fox News host Laura Ingraham made about Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James, telling him to “shut up and dribble.”

“Well, I don’t know if it’s possible — as basketball players, we’re really supposed to just shut up and dribble,” Bryant said, “but I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”

Last month, Ingraham attempted to belittle James for talking about politics.

In an interview released on “UNINTERRUPTED,” a multimedia platform for athletes (co-founded by James), the four-time NBA MVP and entrepreneur told host Cari Champion his thoughts on President Donald Trump.

“The No. 1 job in America, the appointed person is someone who doesn’t understand the people,” James said, sitting alongside the Golden State Warriors’ Kevin Durant.

“And really don’t give a f**k 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].

“It’s not even a surprise when he says something,” James said of Trump’s rhetoric. “It’s like laughable. It’s laughable, and it’s scary.”

On Feb. 15, during her Fox News program “The Ingraham Angle,” Ingraham responded by insulting James, insinuating the only thing he can do is play basketball.

“This is what happens when you attempt to leave high school a year early to join the NBA,” she said.  “And it’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid a hundred million dollars a year to bounce a ball. Keep the political comments to yourselves. … Shut up and dribble.”

The following day, James issued a response in the form of a photo uploaded to his Instagram account that read, “I am more than an athlete” and included the hashtag “#wewillnotshutupanddribble.”


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Some have criticized the Academy for awarding Bryant an Oscar. In 2003, Bryant was accused of rape. The criminal case was dropped after Bryant’s accuser refused to testify. The woman later filed a civil suit against him, which was settled out of court. Bryant admitted to an adulterous sexual encounter with his accuser, but denied the assault allegation.

James congratulated Bryant on Twitter for his Oscar win:

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  • Clearly, Oscar is a Lakers fan. How else does a rapist win an academy award in the #MeToo era? The article should have spent some time on that conundrum after referencing the “shut up and dribble” comment–something worthy of its own article, my apologies if I missed it elsewhere. The Washington Post covered both issues surrounding this acceptance speech.

    • So, where and when was Kobe convicted of rape? The woman involved refused to go to court, so no rape conviction. Kobe did pay her a unknown amount of money from the civil suit, and wrote a letter of apology to the public and his wife. While I understand and agree with the #me too movement, it seems to me that when a black person or person of color, is involved, we will continue to bring up all and anything against them, almost 20 years after the fact, while white men get a pass after a while. Roman Polanski, the current president, even Gary Oldman- who just won for best actor, is not getting slammed in the media like Kobe. And for the record, I am not a Lakers fan-couldn’t stand them. And I did read the Post story about this, also.

      • “After months of reviewing discovery, listening to her attorney, and even her testimony in person, I now understand how she feels that she did not consent to this encounter.” –Kobe Bryant (Sept. 1, 2004). Her not consenting to sex sounds like rape to me.

        All rapists should be brought to justice, and just because someone has talent (Kobe, Roman, Harvey, Jameis, Darren, Bill, Mike, Mark, Brock, and sadly so many more) does not mean they should get a free pass in life. Kicking them out of school, off the team, or out of the guild is not enough. White men should not get a pass.

        • All convicted rapist should be appropriately sentenced.

          All alleged rapists should be brought to justice, including the current occupant of the White House.

          Kobe is not a convicted rapist.

  • Glad Kobe got an Oscar award. Glad he’s not going to shut-up and dribble. As to his past history, there was no conviction; his accuser opted to sue in civil court and the claim was satisfied. He’s apologized, made restitution. Not throwing shade at the MeToo movement, but haters, it’s time to move on. Spend your energy elsewhere, like getting the unapologetic, pu**y-grabbing, bloated Orange Man out of office. Congrats to Kobe!

    • Like I said before, he was not convicted, so calling him a rapist is not correct, no matter what you may think. As EMM says, lets spend our energy elsewhere, like moving forward in todays world instead of back on something that is 16 years ago. Not a Kobe fan, but it it’s time to move on. and address what is happening today.

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