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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Bootlickers Continue Their Synchronized Licking

Politics trump ethics for so-called "religious" so-called "leaders." Children screwed over.

Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of the late Billy Graham, might be disturbed by the images and audio of children crying after being separated from their parents after they are detained crossing the U.S. border. However, because Graham has been among President Trump's strongest supporters, he's not blaming the current administration.

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Tries to blame Obama, Democrats, Congress as he caves in to human decency.

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Trump signs executive order to keep families together at border, says 'zero-tolerance' prosecution policy will continue.

The New York Times reports that the new executive order seeks to modify that existing consent decree in order to keep parents and children together in detention. However, Amnesty International says that those detentions could now be indefinite.

"Make no mistake—this executive order is a betrayal of families fleeing violence and persecution," Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA said in a statement.

"Mothers, fathers, and children must not be held behind bars for prolonged periods for seeking safety. Not only does imprisoning children go against our country's shared values of dignity and equality, but it is also unlawful and threatens to permanently stain the U.S. human rights record."

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Steve Bannon, former White House chief strategist, said that slain civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. would be "proud" of what President Donald Trump has done for Blacks and Latinos in the U.S.

Bannon was the CEO of Trump's presidential campaign. Trump gained supporters by calling Mexicans rapists, committing to building a wall between Mexico and the U.S., allowing Black people to be physically assaulted at his rallies and lightly disavowing the support of white supremacists.

"Martin Luther King ... he would be proud of what Donald Trump has done for [the] Black and Hispanic working class, okay?" Bannon said on "This Week" Sunday.

On Sunday, King's daughter, Bernice King, CEO of The King Center, re-tweeted a post from The Washington Post reporter Eugene Scott who referenced a similar claim Bannon had made previously. She included a response, simply stating: “Absolutely not."

In May, King tweeted:

Bannon said in March at an event with far-right French politicians that they should "wear" accusations of racism "as a badge of honor."

Let them call you racist. Let them call you xenophobes," he said. “Let them call you nativists. Wear it as a badge of honor. Because every day, we get stronger and they get weaker."

Bannon said on Sunday that he was “talking specifically about Donald Trump and his policies."

“His economic nationalism doesn't care about your race, your religion, your gender, your sexual preference," he said.

The Trump administration's “zero tolerance" immigration policy is currently separating children of undocumented immigrants from their mothers and fathers.

King tweeted on Sunday:

Golden State Warriors center Zaza Pachulia (27) celebrates with Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson (11) after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers in game four of the 2018 NBA Finals at Quicken Loans Arena. / REUTERS

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For nearly 30 years Charles Krauthammer has been one of the most stoic and prolific political commentators of his time. First a columnist at the New Republic and the Washington Post, later a talking head for Fox News, this conservative pundit has gained national admiration for his ability to express his opinion in an unapologetic yet dignified manner.

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