Lebron James has made it clear that he will support Colin Kaepernick’s act of defiance against the alleged unequal treatment of African-Americans in the USA, but will still stand for his country’s anthem.
“Me standing for the national anthem is something I will do,” the NBA champ shared with press during the Cavs’ media day. “That’s who I am. That’s what I believe in. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect and don’t believe in what Colin Kaepernick is doing. You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion, and he’s doing it in the most peaceful way I’ve ever seen someone do something.”
James is one of many NBA players who have been outspoken about social issues that have been facing the US over the past few years. The Cavs forward along with other basketball stars Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul all shared their messages about these issues during the ESPY awards last summer.
Lebron James scared for his kids
James, opened up that his concerns lies mostly with community outreach, and obviously the safety of his own children.
“For me, my personal feelings is that I got a 12-year-old son, a nine-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter and I look at my son being four years removed from driving his own car and being able to leave the house on his own and it’s a scary thought right now to think if my son gets pulled over,” James added at the media day. “And you see these videos that continue to come out and it’s a scary-ass situation that if my son calls me and says that he’s been pulled over that I’m not that confident that things are going to go well and my son is going to return home.”
James’ NBA finals rival, Stephen Curry also shared the same feelings about Kaepernick, sharing “I’ve always said I respect Colin because he took a bold step, in that regard, to continue the conversation and make it more pointed. But I do plan on standing.”
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