Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James is more than an athlete. On Friday, the strong and vocal supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement posted a video on social media explaining, in succinct fashion, why he and other professional athletes cannot “stick to sports.”
“You thought I would,” the 35-year-old Lakers star wrote on Twitter on Friday. “Yeah ooook.”
You thought I would 🤐! Yeah ooook. 🙏🏾💪🏾✊🏾👑 #blacklifematters🖤 @uninterrupted pic.twitter.com/aUxlvDJDp8
— LeBron James (@KingJames) June 5, 2020
The video highlights various derogatory and antagonistic phrases used by individuals opposed to professional athletes getting involved in any matter political. The video starts with “Shut up and dribble” — a phrase previously used by Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
For what it's worth, Ingraham made headlines again this week when people noticed the stark contrast between how the broadcaster viewed James' political advocacy (calling to silence him a couple of years ago) versus New Orleans Saints star Drew Brees' own beliefs, which she lauded.
In the video the Lakers forward posted, it continues with more and escalating phrases starting with “shut up,” persisting until teetering into law enforcement language people of color in the U.S. know all too well: “Shut up and lay still.”
LeBron James has voiced his strong support for Black Lives Matter at this time when protests occurring nationwide are demanding justice for George Floyd and so many others victimized and killed in police custody. The Houston native, a friend of ex-NBA forward Stephen Jackson, was choked until death in Minneapolis on Memorial Day.
The Lakers player has come out supporting those fighting against racial injustice in the country, and he's more than an athlete for that — one that cannot be shut up.