Lifelong comedian Dave Chappelle defended Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James after a recent compilation of FOX News host Laura Ingraham's comments from 2018 resurfaced thanks to her defense of New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his freedom of speech.
Chappelle pointed to the time Ingraham told LeBron (and Kevin Durant) to “shut up and dribble” — a phrase that netted James a documentary and plenty of critical acclaim.
The comedian opened up his monologue on LeBron with a punchy statement against Ingraham:
“LeBron James once said something about racism and Laura Ingraham — which I will say publicly anywhere, anytime — is a c**t. Tell them I said it. Told one of Ohio's greatest residents ‘shut and dribble,'” said Chappelle at the 14:51 mark of the video. “Let me tell you something about LeBron. This n**** was on the cover of Sports Illustrated when he was 17 years old and exceeded every expectation that they had for him. This business is treacherous. This is a good guy, LeBron. He's a family man and this, that, and the other. He didn't let anyone down. He didn't let anyone down. Came back to Ohio, won us a championship, and was like, ‘I'm gonna move to L.A.,' and everyone in Ohio was like, ‘N**** we understand.'”
“He's a good man, LeBron James … So this bi*** told my friend to shut up and dribble. My friend is the best at something and this bi*** is not the best at anything. She's just a regular-a** white bi*** with a platform.”
Chappelle has never been one to mince words when it comes to his stand-up routine, and he certainly did not pull back when it came to Ingraham.
In fairness, Chappelle might have put together what many people were thinking after Ingraham rolled a very obvious double standard by telling a black superstar athlete in LeBron James to shut up while allowing a white athlete to speak his opinion, even if it is unpopular.