LeBron James shared his thoughts on the moment for Thursday night’s Lakers-Clippers game, when every player, coach and employee took a knee during the national anthem.
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The gesture continued Colin Kaepernick’s protest against racial injustice, police brutality and systematic repression in the United States. James candidly said after the game that he hoped Kaepernick appreciated the deed.
“I hope we’ve made Kap proud,” said James. “I hope we continue to make Kap proud. Every day I hope to make him proud of how I live my life, not only on the basketball floor, but also off the floor. I always want to speak out against things I want to be unjust. I always want to learn things and work that way.
“Hood was someone who got up when times weren’t comfortable, when people didn’t understand, people refused to listen to what he said. If you go back and watch one of his interview games talking about why he was kneeling, it had absolutely nothing to do with the flag. It had absolutely nothing to do with the soldiers, the men and women who keep our country free. He explained that, and their ears were closed, people never listened, they refused to listen, but I did. Many people in the black community listened, and we thank him for sacrificing everything he did to put us in a position today, even years later, to have that moment like we did tonight. “
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James said after a scrimmage match that Black Lives Matter “is not a movement.” After the Lakers’ win over the Clippers, James was asked about that comment in an interview with TNT. He was also asked about the progress the NBA has made in raising awareness.
“Progress has been made, but when we saw progress in the past, we let our foot out of the gas a little,” said James. “We can’t. We want to keep our foot on the gas, keep pushing, spread love all over America. We’re dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice, a lot of police brutality, not just in my neighborhoods, not only with black people, with colored people and that’s something we want to keep people’s ears open to, we have ears now, but we can’t stop putting our foot on the gas, like we’ve been doing for the past few months. “
“In the past, when we saw progress, we let go of our foot a little bit. We can’t do that. ‘
Bron addressed where he thinks the country is fighting social injustice after the game.
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Fighting for social justice causes has been at the forefront of this NBA season. Players are allowed to wear approved messages on the back of their shirt, the NBA court has written “Black Lives Matter” on it and players have used their press conference time to talk about Breonna Taylor.