LeBron James: We Are Scared As Black People In America
LeBron James described the continued police brutality against people of colour in the US as ‘terrifying’ and ‘troubling’.
The Lakers star said that he couldn’t enjoy the Game 4 win over Portland in the light of the shooting of Jacob Blake.
As it happened, LeBron James didn’t take to the court again on Wednesday, because the NBA cancelled the day’s games.
The Bucks’ Boycott of their game Vs the Orlando Magic sparked a show of solidarity from the league. With players set to meet at 11am Thursday, the NBA season is again in jeopardy.
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“I can’t even enjoy a playoff win right now, which is the sad part,” LeBron James said.
“We are scared as black people in America. Black men, black women, black kids. We are, we are terrified.
“Having two boys of my own and me being an African-American in America, to see what continues to happen with police brutality towards my kind, to continue to see the injustice, it is very troubling.
“My prayers go out to [the Blake] family and hopefully we can have some change. I believe it starts with [the US election in] November. That’s why I started the initiative I am doing with More Than A Vote, getting people to understand what is really at risk. We continue to talk about change and we have the opportunity to make change but it doesn’t stop there, whoever comes next [in the White House].”
Jacob Blake was shot eight times in the back in an incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Sunday. Blake has been left paralyzed from the waist down.
On Twitter, James wrote: “WE DEMAND CHANGE. SICK OF IT”.