Marvin Bagley III hoping to emulate LeBron James’ social activism
The Rookie Training Program has brought along many valuable lessons, from financial management to taking the next level into the professional world of sports. LeBron James left a piece of his own advice for this 2018 rookie class, emboldening them to speak their minds about social issues, the same way he has over the latter part of his NBA career.
Sacramento Kings rookie Marvin Bagley III listened closely and admitted that James’ words had a profound effect on his outlook moving forward.
“There have been times where I wanted to say something about certain things, but I was hesitant to speak out because I didn’t want anything to happen,” said Bagley, according to Michael Shapiro of Sports Illustrated. “But seeing a guy like LeBron speak up and use the platform he has, it’s definitely something I want to do. I don’t want to be afraid to say what I have to say.”
Even Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé stood in front of the team’s fans and made a statement after the Golden1 center had closed its doors to protest the shooting of Stephon Clark, back in March, as police had caused the arena’s entrance to be blocked off.
The Kings were forced to play against the Atlanta Hawks in a near-empty building due to the circumstances, but Ranadivé used his platform to support Clark’s family and speak up about the distress the black community endured at the time.
Bagley now has the platform to speak up as Sacramento’s budding talent and also take action by participating in acts of kindness for his community.