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Lakers’ LeBron James speaks out on social change after game-winner vs. Clippers

LeBron James

LeBron James made big plays on both sides of the floor and led the Los Angeles Lakers to a 103-101 statement win over rivals Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday.

But instead of acknowledging his greatness in the clutch, The King opted to talk about societal change in his post-game interview.

Abiding by his promise, the four-time MVP once again used the NBA’s platform to raise awareness about the ongoing racial injustice and police brutality that’s dividing the country.

James claimed that the BLM movement has indeed made big strides over the last few months, but reminded everyone to stay vigilant and keep fighting for equality.

“There’s been progress. But in the past when we’ve seen progress we’ve let our foot off the gas a little bit,” the 3-time NBA champion said. 

“We can’t do that. We want to continue to keep our foot on the gas, continue to push forward. Continue to spread love throughout America. We’re dealing with a lot of racism, a lot of social injustice, a lot of police brutality. Not only in my neighborhoods, not only with black people and people of color. It’s something that we want to continue have people’s ears open to. We have ears now, but we cannot stop. Let’s have our foot on the gas like we’ve been doing the last few months.”

James has opted not to flash a social justice message at the back of his jersey during the NBA restart. Still, he continues to be one of the most prominent athletes to lend his voice to racial issues.

The 35-year-old superstar shrugged off a slow start on Thursday, finishing with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and seven assists against the Clippers.