The recent passing of civil rights activist John Lewis has prompted a slew of reactions from some of the biggest stars in the NBA.
Lewis, a United States Representative of the fifth congressional district of Georgia, has been a prominent figure in the American civil rights movement for the past decades. In December 2019, he announced that he had been diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He died at the age of 80.
Rest. In. Paradise John Lewis. #CivilRightsICON✊🏾 THANK YOU!! 🙏🏾
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 18, 2020
Thunder point guard and NBPA president Chris Paul also paid his respects to Lewis.
— Chris Paul (@CP3) July 18, 2020
For Sacramento Kings forward Harrison Barnes, the 28-year-old expressed his sadness in losing one of the most prominent figures not only in the African American community but throughout the nation as well:
— Harrison Barnes (@hbarnes) July 18, 2020
Barnes shared a photo of Lewis proudly accepting his Presidential Medal of Freedom — the highest civilian honor in the US — which was awarded to him by former President Barrack Obama.
As for newly-signed Brooklyn Nets veteran Jamal Crawford, it was a simple and straightforward message:
Rip John Lewis. Hero…
— 🏁 Jamal Crawford (@JCrossover) July 18, 2020
Crawford pretty much encapsulated it with his description of Lewis. He was indeed a modern day hero during a time we needed it most. The current socio-political situation in the nation has proven just how important figures like Lewis are. In his case, Lewis has always promoted non-violence, which is definitely something that we all need to be reminded of today.
Celtics big man Enes Kanter and free-agent forward Pau Gasol also commemorated the civil rights legend.
R.I.P The Civil Rights Icon
Rep. John Lewis. 💔
Your legacy will live on forever. 🙏
The world is better because of you ♥️ pic.twitter.com/GkRpKpkYmD
— Enes FREEDOM (@EnesFreedom) July 18, 2020
Wise words from John Lewis:
“When you see something that is not right… you must have the courage to stand up, to speak up and find a way to get in the way.”
— Pau Gasol (@paugasol) July 18, 2020
We would likewise send out our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the great John Lewis. May his legacy live on in all of us.