the recent plethora of police murders and shootings have established a cultural impact on Black culture in America, and has even started a movement within the sports world. While protesters fight on every city’s streets for justice after the US courts failed to indict the police officers behind Eric Garner’s murder and the Michael Brown shooting, the movement taken a next step into the sports world. Several athletes have recently made their stand against the police violence, including Cleveland phenom Lebron James. During the pre-game session, James spoke out about his thoughts on the recent sequence of events.
“It doesn’t matter, it’s more troubling that it’s happening in our country,” James told reporters during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ morning shootaround at Madison Square Garden yesterday. This is our country, the land of the free, and we keep having these incidents happen, innocent victims or whatever the case may be. Our families are losing loved ones. I’m not pointing the blame at anybody that’s making it happen. In society, we’ve come a long way, but it just goes to show how much further we still have to go.”
in regards to athletes who refused to speak out, James tells Daily News:
“It doesn’t matter if you are an athlete or not. If it hits home for you, then you have the right to speak on it. That’s why we have freedom of speech,” he added. “I’ve never shied away for something that I feel for or people or families that I feel for. That’s just who I am. But I don’t think we should add pressure to anybody, first of all, that doesn’t have the knowledge about it, that’s not educated upon it to speak about something you don’t know about. If you feel passionate about it, you speak about it. If not, don’t worry about it.”
Well, If Lebron James is able to speak out about these police shootings, do you think you should? Leave a comment bel0w.