Screenshot from ABC Tampa Bay

What Makes This Angry White Sportscaster Think He Can Criticize LeBron James

Ken “Hawk” Harrelson, a longtime Chicago White Sox broadcaster in his final season in the booth, attempted to slam NBA superstar LeBron James, and other athletes, who voice their opinion on politics.


“Well I used to watch LeBron but no more,” Harrelson said on-air Sunday during the White Sox’s game against the Boston Red Sox.

“I wish these guys would keep their nose out of politics and just play because people didn’t come to hear their opinions on politicians.”

Harrelson lives in Granger, Ind., which is 88.2 percent white and has a median household income of $93,825 and median property value of $198,300. James, a three-time NBA champion, recently signed a four-year, $154 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Harrelson, who has a history of making controversial and racist remarks on-air, is certainly in no position to tell James to keep quiet about social justice issues.

Both Harrelson, and Fox News host Laura Ingraham, who said in February that James should “shut up and dribble,” can stop the absurd advising. James clearly doesn’t need it.

He launched his I PROMISE School in Akron, Ohio, in August, to help students who have been failed by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration.

The school, which is a joint effort of the LeBron James Family Foundation and Akron Public Schools, will benefit at-risk children. James donated $8 million of his own money. He’s also currently producing “The Shop,” a talk show on HBO.

In an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon in July, James candidly shared his thoughts about Trump and what it means to be Black in America.

“What I’ve noticed over the past few months [is] he’s kinda used sports to kinda divide us, and that’s something that I can’t relate to,” he said.

In response to James’ comments, Trump took to Twitter to insult the NBA player and philanthropist.

Harrelson, who lives in a state Trump won by 19 points in 2016, has the tact of Trump when he’s broadcasting.

During a game last season, his broadcast partner Steve Stone said too much information could be a burden for ballplayers. Harrelson chimed in and said it was true “especially [of] Latin players.”

In 2014, Chen-Chang Lee, who is Taiwanese, was pitcher for Cleveland.

“After a pitch that caught Alexei Ramirez swinging and missing, Harrelson declared it to be an example of ‘typical Asian motion. Deception involved!'” according to Deadspin.

Major League Baseball continues to honor and applaud the 76-year-old former baseball player and broadcaster.

Latest News

Cox Communications logo on screen.

Cox Communications Partners With Former NFL Star Malcolm Mitchell on Digital Equity Initiative

Originally published at newsroom.cox.com. Cox Communications ranked No. 32 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   Cox has announced a new collaboration to narrow the learning gap in diverse, low-income neighborhoods through its Connect2Compete program, which provides internet access to eligible K-12 students and families…

TD Pledges $10 Million to Black Opportunity Fund To Combat Anti-Black Racism and Systemic Discrimination in Canada

Originally published at td.mediaroom.com. TD Bank ranked No. 14 on The DiversityInc Top 50 Companies for Diversity list in 2021.   On Sept. 16, TD Bank Group (TD) announced a CDN $10 million commitment over the next five years to the Black Opportunity Fund (BOF). This donation is among the largest contributions in Canada to…

Kaiser Permanente building

Kaiser Permanente’s Moanalua Medical Center Receives Women’s Choice Award by WomenCertified Inc.

Originally published at about.kaiserpermanente.org. Kaiser Permanente is a DiversityInc Hall of Fame company.   For the seventh consecutive year, Kaiser Permanente Moanalua Medical Center has been named one of America’s Best Hospitals for Obstetrics by the Women’s Choice Award. Presented by WomenCertified Inc., this evidence-based designation scored Moanalua Medical Center…