LeBron James Thanks Laura Ingraham for Bringing More Attention to His Message

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"The best thing she did was help me create more awareness," the NBA superstar said.

LeBron James on Saturday told reporters during media day for the NBA All-Star Weekend that he was glad Laura Ingraham told him to keep silent on political and social issues. 

The Fox News host previously said the Cleveland Cavaliers star should "keep the political commentary to yourself. Or as someone once said, 'Shut up and dribble.'"

Numerous fans, celebrities and pro athletes were outraged by her remarks. Some accused Ingraham of being a racist. 

James, who has criticized Donald Trump in the past, said he was glad.

"I defeated the odds and I want every kid to know that they can do it as well and that's why I will not just shut up and dribble," he said. "The best thing she did was help me create more awareness." 

He continued, "I appreciate her for giving me more awareness while I sit up here on the greatest weekend — this is the best weekend of the NBA. All the counties in the whole entire world come watch the greatest players in the whole entire world ... and I get to sit up here and talk about social injustice, inequality and why a woman on a certain network told me to shut up and dribble."