Kobe Bryant is now an Academy Award winner, and the Black Mamba threw a subtle jab in support of LeBron James while he was accepting his Oscar.
Bryant was giving his award speech Sunday night after “Dear Basketball” won Best Animated Short, and he said “I mean, as basketball players, we’re really supposed to shut up and dribble. I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”
The line is in reference to journalist Laura Ingraham criticizing LeBron for speaking publicly on politics and social injustice. She said “It’s always unwise to seek political advice from someone who gets paid $100 million a year to bounce a ball,” and “Keep the political comments to yourselves. … Shut up and dribble.”
After his big win, NBA legends like Magic Johnson and Shaq tweeted out their congratulations to their longtime friend and teammate.
Congrats to KOBE first Oscar that’s big bro #dearbasketball. Proud of you, Big honor for you and your family. I’m jealous lol
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) March 5, 2018
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) March 5, 2018
Congratulations to my good friend @kobebryant for winning the Oscar for best animated short film. Well deserved!
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) March 5, 2018