After taking a stand for harmony and togetherness by wearing black sneaker and white sneakers with the word “Equality” written on them, to a game in Washington, DC, on Sunday night.
NBA star LeBron James took a decidedly less conciliatory tone, in his post-game comments about President Trump.
James said, “Obviously I’ve been very outspoken and well spoken about the situation that’s going on at the helm here, and we’re not going to let one person dictate us, us as Americans, how beautiful and how powerful we are as a people.”
It certainly was nice of James to add that he’s been “well spoken,” in addition to being outspoken.
The three-time NBA champ and future Hall of Famer continued, “No matter the skin color, no matter the race, no matter who you are, I think we all have to understand that having equal rights and being able to stand for something and speak for something and keeping the conversation going.”
James did not elaborate on what rights he felt were in danger, nor did he explain exactly what “the conversation” was, or where it was going.
However, James did speak from a place of unrivaled authority on the subject of being outspoken. In many ways, James has been the anti-Jordan, whereas MJ avoided political entanglements whenever possible, at least since 2012, James has embraced them whenever and wherever possible.
James appeared in a photo with his teammates wearing hoodies in honor of Trayvon Martin, a black teenager shot to death by George Zimmerman in 2012. James wore an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt to warm-ups at Madison Square Garden to show support for Eric Garner, a New York man who died after an altercation with police in 2014.
The 13-time All-Star has also held nothing back when it comes to President Trump. In September, James called President Trump “a bum,” after the president rescinded a White House invite to Golden State guard Steph Curry.