Kobe Bryant picks up Oscar for ‘Dear Basketball’ and drops ‘shut up and dribble’ reference

We already knew that the Oscars were going to have a sociopolitical layer, and host Jimmy Kimmel wasted little time Sunday bringing up gender inequality, the #MeToo movement and disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein. As it turned out, the recent “shut up and dribble” episode between a pair of NBA stars and a Fox News host was also referenced during the Academy Awards – by Kobe Bryant, as the former Lakers great was making his acceptance remarks.

Bryant, along with animator Glen Keane, had just won the Oscar for best animated short film for “Dear Basketball,” the cinematic version of a love letter he wrote to the game. When Keane said that the honor showed that “the impossible is possible,” Bryant stepped to the microphone.

“Well, I don’t know if it’s possible – as basketball players, we’re really supposed to just shut up and dribble,” Bryant said to laughter, “but I’m glad we do a little bit more than that.”

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham had lobbed the “shut up and dribble” line at LeBron James and Kevin Durant last month, after the two players were shown in a video criticizing President Donald Trump. Ingraham subsequently responded to the negative reception for her comments, issuing a statement saying that there was “no racial intent” in her remarks while adding, “If pro athletes and entertainers want

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