My Open Letter To Laura Ingraham

Good afternoon Ms. Laura Ingraham,

This won’t be long as It’s obvious you don’t respect the voice or opinions of anybody that isn’t a hardcore Republican, so bare with me.

It’s been ten days since you made controversial comments towards NBA superstars, LeBron James and Kevin Durant. For the people reading this and may have missed what you said, let’s recap.

“Oh and LeBron and Kevin, you’re great players but no one voted for you. Millions elected Trump to be their coach. So keep the political commentary to yourself or as someone once said, shut up and dribble.”

When I first heard these comments from you I thought, “This isn’t real.” But I then came back down to reality and remembered the world that we are currently living in. I remembered the man that is currently our commander in chief. Yes, this is real life for America and everybody living in it. You’re correct when you said that millions of Americans voted for Trump to be their coach. But I hate to tell you Ms. Ingraham, 2.6 million more voted for Hilary Clinton to be theirs.

Ms. Ingraham, you made it a point to make sure your viewers had a sour taste and hatred for LeBron James after watching your show with the comments you made. You failed to mention that he has been a global superstar since the age of 17 and has never been in trouble with the law or any type of trouble for that matter. Despite not having a father figure in his life, he’s grown to become a faithful husband and a great father to his kids. You also failed to mention his ‘I Promise’ program that benefits over 1,200 at risk students in his hometown of Akron, Ohio? What about the 41 million dollars he’s donated for full-ride scholarships at the University of Akron? Why not mention the good that he has done? It’s sad that you go to extreme measures to try to tear down another black man in America.

There was something that you said, that stuck out to me.

“It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball.”

Ms. Ingraham, I have a few questions for you. Where were you when Kid Rock was talking about politics on FOX News? Where were you when Joe Namath was on FOX News talking about politics? Where were you when Bob Knight was on FOX News talking about politics? How about, Chuck Norris, Jon Voight, Clint Eastwood or Dog the Bounty Hunter? Where were you? Why did you not tell them to shut up and act, or shut up and entertain? I began to wonder why you were nowhere to be found but it didn’t take me long to figure out why. Those entertainers, actors and former athletes have two major things in common. They’re white and they’re Trump supporters. More importantly Ms. Ingraham, where were you when Donald Trump, a reality TV star, decided to run for the President of the United States? I did not hear a “Shut up and go back to The Apprentice” from you. It’s hard for you to argue the obvious and it’s even harder for you to argue the facts.

It’s hard for me to respect a person like you when you’re so for our 2nd amendment, even though hundreds of innocent children are getting killed due to guns, but seem to be so against our 1st amendment by telling other Americans to “Shut up”, simply because they don’t share your same beliefs. That is what’s wrong with the world we live in today. People like you, not LeBron, are the problem.

Despite the ignorant and displeasing comments that you made towards LeBron and Kevin, I don’t find you to be barely intelligible, ungrammatical, or even flat out stupid. Your track record shows that you are smart, well educated and very accomplished. The fact of the matter is, you knew exactly what you were doing when making those comments on national television. You knew how your comments would be received. You knew the backlash that would later follow. You, Ms. Ingraham, just simply did not care. You did not care because those words that you uttered weren’t for your T.V. ratings or more views for your show. You didn’t care because it’s exactly how you truly feel. Sadly, it’s exactly how a lot of white Americans feel.

But I have hope. I have hope for my generation and the generations that follow me. I have hope that we will make a change. I have hope that although negative and hateful people like you will still be floating around in the background, we will rise and create a better America for not only ourselves but our kids and grandkids. I have hope that we will stand against people like you that tell us to “Shut up” because it’s not what you believe in. We have a voice. We will use it. And with powerful, inspirational people like LeBron James in our corner, we will be heard. We will succeed; and I know deep down Ms. Ingraham, that scares you.

Have a blessed day,
Michael Bish

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Michael Bish
Writer/On-Air Personality--- at FOX SPORTS/WHAP
Michael Bish is a Writer/On-Air Personality at FOX Sports/WHAP. He covers NFL, NHL, NBA and College Football. He's covered major sporting events and has interviewed several professional and collegiate athletes. Michael is also a Co-Host on The MC Sports Report on FOX Sports Radio WHAP.