Ingraham was critical of James and Kevin Durant, telling them to just "shut up and dribble," via Sports Illustrated, after the two players discussed President Donald Trump during an interview with Uninterrupted.
While talking to reporters during the NBA's All-Star Weekend, James said he will do no such thing:
"To me, it was racist," Durant said of Ingraham's remarks, per Sam Amick of USA Today. "... Ignorance is something I try to ignore. That was definitely an ignorant comment. I do play basketball, but I am a civilian and I am a citizen of the United States, so my voice is just as loud as hers, I think—or even louder."
James and Durant do more than play basketball, and Amick pointed to the charitable foundations they are involved with off the court. Amick even called James "one of the most charitable athletes in all of pro sports."
The Cavaliers forward has not hesitated to weigh in on politics in the past and has been particularly critical of Trump.
James deemed Trump the "so-called president" in August, per Chris Fedor of Cleveland.com, and then called him a "bum" on Twitter in September. The latter comment came after Trump said Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was no longer invited to the White House after the Warriors won the NBA title even though the guard had already said he didn't want to go.
Ingraham released a statement Friday, saying, "There was no racial intent in my remarks."