The AC Milan forward called out the basketball icon on Friday, saying he his taking advantage of his status.
"LeBron is phenomenon at what he's doing but I don't like it when people have some kind of status , they go and do politics at the same time," Ibrahimovic told Discovery+ in Sweden. "Do what you're good at. Do the category you do. I play football I'm the best at playing football.
"I don't do politics. If I would be a political politician, I would do politics. That is the first mistake people do when they become in famous and they become in a certain status. Stay out of it. Just do what you do best because it doesn't look good."
The Los Angeles Lakers star didn't take it cool and responded by saying: " I will never shut up about things that are wrong," James said in a press conference. "I preach about my people and I preach about equality. Social injustice, racism, systematic voter suppression, things that go wrong in our community.
"I was part of my community, I've seen things that are going on. I have a group of 300-plus kids in my school that are going through the same thing and they need a voice. I am their voice and I use my platform to shed light on things that are going on, not only in my community but around the world.
"It's funny that Ibrahimovic said that because I believe back in 2018 he's the same guy who said that when he was back in Sweden, he was talking about the same things. Because his last name wasn't a certain last name, he felt like there was some racism going on while he was out on the pitch.
"He did say that, right? Yeah. I thought he said that. I speak from a very educated mind. I'm the wrong guy to go at because I do my homework."
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