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LeBron James goes on Capitol chaos rant: There are ‘2 AMERIKKKAS’ and we ‘s**tted away 4 years’ by electing Trump

NBA superstar LeBron James reacted to the chaos at the U.S. Capitol by criticizing the tenure of President Donald Trump and claiming there are two different “AMERIKKKAS,” where Black Lives Matter rioters are treated worse than the rioters who stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday.

Before Thursday’s Los Angeles Lakers game against the San Antonio Spurs, LeBron walked into the Staples Center wearing a shirt that read: “DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW?” In a smaller font, the shirt stated: “In memoriam of the countless Black lives lost to police brutality and racial injustice.”

LeBron posted a photo of him wearing his shirt on Instagram.

“DO YOU UNDERSTAND NOW???!! I know the answer to that,” LeBron wrote on Instagram, and included several cursing angry emojis. “You still don’t cause no matter what happens you still won’t be judge, looked at crazy, chained, beaten, hung, shot to death cause of the color of your skin!!!! 2 AMERIKKKAS we live in and it was at FULL CAPACITY LIVE IN DIRECT yesterday in our Nations CAPITAL AT THE CAPITOL!!”

James tagged the post with the hashtag: #IPrayForBetterDaysForMyPeople.

Following the game, James commented on the riots at the U.S. Capitol. The Lakers star suggested that Trump supporters received preferential treatment from law enforcement during the unrest in Washington, D.C., and labeled those involved as “terrorists.”

“And that was a prime example of that yesterday, and if you don’t understand that or don’t see that after seeing what you saw yesterday, then you really need to take a step back — not even just one step, but maybe four or five, or even 10 steps backwards and ask yourself how do you want your kids, or how do you want your grandkids, or how do we want America to be viewed as?” James said during a post-game press conference. “Do we want to live in this beautiful country?”

“If those were my kind storming the Capitol, what would have been the outcome? And I think we all know,” James said during his diatribe. “There’s no ifs, ands or buts — we already know what would’ve happened to my kind if anyone would have even got close to the Capitol, let alone storm inside the offices, inside the hallways.”

James asked, “Do you understand how hard it is for us [black people] to continue to live our lives the way we live, continue to inspire, continue to give everything we got?

“Everyone jumps on the bandwagon of what we provide, what we bring, the way we dress, our music, our culture, our food,” LeBron ranted. “Everyone steals from what we do, and then they want to act like they did it or they brought it to this world.

“We don’t get our due diligence, the respect, we don’t get anything back from this country apart from a slap in the face,” said the 36-year-old NBA superstar who earns about $100 million a year and has an estimated net worth of $500 million.

LeBron’s teammate, Lakers forward Anthony Davis, compared the chaos at the Capitol with the Black Lives Matter protests and riots that happened over the summer.

“It’s like a double standard,” Davis said. “On the other side, an entire group runs into the nation’s Capitol and get escorted.”

Capitol Police, U.S. Park Police, D.C. Police, and National Guard removed Trump supporters from the Capitol building. Authorities used pepper spray, fired tear gas canisters, flashbang grenades, and smoke explosives to disperse the crowd. These are many of the same types of crowd control munitions that law enforcement has used during violent protests and riots that have regularly occurred in American cities since the death of George Floyd while in police custody on May 25.

Shortly after the storming of the Capitol building, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) instituted a 6 p.m. curfew and extended her declaration of a public emergency for an additional 15 days.

Four protesters died during the Capitol protests, three from “medical emergencies,” and Ashli Babbitt, a 14-year Air Force veteran who was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer while trying to climb through a window in the building.

There were 60 law enforcement officers who were injured during the riot, including 15 who were hospitalized, according to The Hill. Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick, 42, died on Thursday evening. He succumbed to his injuries that he suffered “while physically engaging with protesters.”

LeBron, a vocal and longtime supporter of the Democrats, focused his anger on Trump, and blamed the president for the situation at the nation’s capital.

“The events that took place yesterday was a direct correlation of the president that’s in the seat right now — of his actions, his beliefs, his wishes,” James said. “He cares about nobody besides himself. Nobody. Absolutely nobody. He doesn’t care about this country. He doesn’t care about his family. He doesn’t care about anybody besides himself.”

“Four years ago, I sat there and said this is the beginning of the end for our country,” said LeBron, who has been an ardent critic of Trump. “And hopefully it only lasts four years.

“But the one thing you can’t get back in life, one thing you can never get back, and that’s time,” James continued. “Can’t get back time. We’ve literally just s**tted away four years. How do we recoup that?”

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Viral video shows moment angry youth football coach beats 9-year-old football player. NBA star LeBron James takes to social media to condemn the attack.

Viral video captured the moment a youth football coach struck a 9-year-old youth football player in the head at the national championships in Florida.

The video has garnered much attention from across social media, and has even caught the ire of NBA superstar LeBron James who said that he might have fought the coach in question if he were there.

You can watch the video here and below.

What are the details?

According to TMZ, the incident involving the unnamed child recently took place at the American Youth Football National Championships in Kissimmee, Florida.

Video caught the moment that the coach — later reported by the Grio to be a man named Alexis Cobb — began chastising the boy, identified as a Savannah Gators player, after a play. At one point, he hits the child — who was wearing a helmet — in the head and then shoves him to the sidelines.

International Business Times reported that the Gators issued a “half-hearted” apology for the incident, and said, “We understand what we all saw yesterday was disturbing to us all but let’s not blame everyone for one man’s actions. The guy in the video is our 9U head coach he is a good guy that just took it a little too far on a 9U player.”

The apology in question has reportedly since been deleted.

Following outcry, the coach issued an apology saying, “At the end of the day, I am a man. I’m not going to make no excuses for what I did.”

“I shouldn’t have discipled [the child] in public,” he added. “I should’ve waited till we got back. At the end of the day I apologize to him, the kids, the city, and my family back at home. I do apologize.”

LeBron James was so outraged that he shared the video on his Instagram Stories and said, “Ain’t no … way!! Couldn’t be my kid! Hell if I there and it’s not even my kid we gone have more than words for sure,” James said Wednesday.

TMZ reports that it is unclear at the time of this writing whether the coach will face criminal charges in connection to the attack.

International Business Times, however, reported that the coach has been banned from the league for life.

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NBA Finals Game 1 ratings plunge to the lowest viewership in history

Game 1 of the NBA Finals experienced its lowest ratings since records were kept. Ratings for the first game of the NBA Finals plunged nearly 50% since last year.

The 2020 NBA Finals features the illustrious Los Angeles Lakers, one of the most beloved and hated franchises in the association, with a star-studded roster boasting LeBron James and Anthony Davis going head-to-head against the Cinderella story Miami Heat.

Despite the intriguing matchup, many sports fans were not interested in watching Game 1 of the Finals on Wednesday. Game 2 is at 9 p.m. ET Friday night.

Game 1 averaged a lowly 4.1 rating and 7.41 million viewers on ABC, “comfortably the lowest rated and least-watched NBA Finals game on record (dates back to 1988),” according to Sports Media Watch. For comparison, Fox’s reality TV singing competition “The Masked Singer” pulled in 6.932 million viewers on Wednesday night.

The previous all-time low came in Game 2 of the 2003 NBA Finals between the New Jersey Nets and the San Antonio Spurs with a 5.2 rating and 8.06 million viewers.

Game 1 of the 2020 NBA Finals plummeted 48% in the ratings from last year’s Game 1 between the Golden State Warriors and the Toronto Raptors, and down an abysmal 59% from 2018’s Finals opener featuring the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors.

The NBA Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Denver Nuggets plummeted 41% from a “comparable outing between the Golden State Warriors and Portland Trail Blazers in 2019.”

Last week’s Eastern Conference Finals between the Heat and Boston Celtics averaged 4.48 million viewers, down 15% from a “comparable game between the Milwaukee Bucks and Toronto Raptors in 2019, and 44% from a Cleveland Cavaliers and Celtics showdown from 2018.”

During the first week of the 2020 NBA playoffs, ESPN, ABC, and TNT averaged 1.875 million TV viewers per game, down 20% compared to 2019.

“From 2012 to 2020, broadcast NBA ratings are down 45%,” according to Outkick.

The disappointing playoff ratings come at a time when the NBA has become more vocal about social justice and activism. Following the coronavirus shutdown, the NBA has enacted a policy of allowing players to select from 29 league-approved social activism messages on their jerseys such as “Black Lives Matter,” “I Can’t Breathe,” and “Anti-Racist.”

The NBA painted “Black Lives Matter” on its bubble basketball court in Orlando.

On Wednesday, Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert publicly condemned China for allegedly operating concentration camps. Gobert made the comments despite facing possible backlash from the league and fellow players, much like Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey experienced after posting one tweet in October 2019 showing support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong.

Americans’ opinion of the sports industry has declined sharply in the past year, according to a Gallup poll. People who had a very or somewhat positive view of the sports industry fell 15 points in 2020.

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LeBron James denies responsibility for violent attacks on police: ‘Not one time have I ever said let’s act violent toward cops’

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James denied that his criticisms of police treatment of minorities have contributed to or motivated violent attacks against police officers, USA Today reported.

James said he is just calling for accountability for police officers, but is not condoning or inciting violence against law enforcement officers.

“Not one time have I ever said let’s act violent toward cops,” James told reporters after a game Tuesday. “I just said what’s going on in our community is not okay. And we fear for that, and we fear for our lives. It’s something that we go through every single day as a black man, a black woman, and a black kid and a black girl, we fear that moment where we’re pulled over.”

James said he doesn’t believe all police should be demonized, but he’s seen and heard of numerous instances of racism by cops.

“I’ve never in my 35 years ever condoned violence,” James also said Tuesday. “I never have. But I also know what right is right and what wrong is wrong. I grew up in the inner city and the black community in what we call ‘the hood’ or ‘the ghetto,’ however you want to picture it. I’ve seen a lot of accounts first-hand of black people being racially profiled because of our color. I’ve seen it throughout my whole life. I’m not saying that all cops are bad. Throughout high school and things of that nature, and I’m around them all the time, and they’re not all bad.

“But when you see the videos of what’s going on, and you see them not only in my hometown, but all over America, you continue to see the acts of violence toward my kind, I can’t do nothing but speak about it and see the common denominator,” James said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva said James should match a $100,000 reward for the person who shot two sheriff’s deputies. The two deputies were shot by a person who walked up to their car and opened fire before fleeing, in what appeared to be a targeted ambush of the deputies.

The shooter fled, and police do not yet have a suspect in the shooting. The reward has since been increased to $675,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspect. James dismissed Villanueva’s comments.

“I have zero response on the sheriff,” James said.

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LeBron James implies black votes have been voided by ‘recounts’: ‘Black people … don’t believe that their vote matters’

Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James said black people don’t believe their votes count and that he’s seen black votes invalidated by “recounts,” according to USA Today.

James, who has been vocal on social justice issues and helped start an organization to combat voter suppression, made the comments during the NBA playoffs in Orlando, Florida. He said he didn’t consider voting to be important when he became eligible at age 18 — not just because he was distracted with basketball, but because he didn’t think his vote mattered.

“Black people in the community don’t believe that their vote matters,” James said. “We grow up and don’t think that our vote actually matters. It doesn’t. We’ve seen recounts before. We’ve seen our voices be muted our whole lives.”

James did not provide detailed evidence for his assertion.

As a politically active star athlete, James has used his influence and resources to push several voting initiatives leading up to the 2020 election. His organization, More Than a Vote, has raised money to pay off court fees for convicted felons so they can regain the right to vote and has helped push an effort to make NBA arenas into voting sites.

“A lot of people, including when you get to the NBA, still have those same things that haunted you when you were younger,” James said of NBA players’ perceptions of voting and political activism, according to USA Today. “My goal is to change that and to educate not only my peers, but their communities as well to let them know that our voice is being heard. Our vote is being counted.”

James has been particularly active on social justice matters in the wake of killings of black Americans in recent months, having made a some of strident statements about racism in America.

After Ahmaud Arbery was killed by citizens in Georgia after being suspected of burglary, James stated that black people are “literally hunted every day.”

“We’re literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes! Can’t even go for a damn jog man! Like WTF man are you kidding me?!?!?!?!?!?” James wrote on Twitter.

After Jacob Blake was shot by Kenosha police in Wisconsin last month, James said guns in America are an issue because they cause black people to feel hunted.

“I think firearms are a huge issue in America,” James said. “They’re not just used for hunting. For Black people right now, we think you’re hunting us.”

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LA County sheriff fires back at anti-police activists who said they hoped injured deputies died

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva has a stern message for the anti-police activists who wished for the deaths of two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were ambushed while sitting in their patrol vehicle over the weekend.

What’s the background?

As TheBlaze reported, shortly after the deputies were ambushed Saturday night, alleged Black Lives Matter activists stormed the hospital where the deputies were taken for emergency surgery.

Witnesses said they saw the protesters attempt to block hospital entrances and exists. Meanwhile, numerous social media videos showed the anti-police activists telling law enforcement officers outside the hospital that they hoped the injured officers would die; others even threatened that they would kill every police officer “one by one.”

What did Villanueva say?

During an interview Tuesday on Fox News, Villanueva said those activists who shouted “we hope they die,” referring to the injured officers, are “almost worthy of ISIS.”

“It’s just a new low for hatred that I don’t think anyone in this nation has ever seen before, and it’s something almost worthy of ISIS,” Villanueva said.

“We just don’t expect it on our own shores,” he continued. “We have been here fighting to save people’s lives across the county — it doesn’t matter who you are. It is not something we are going to expect or tolerate.”

Later in the interview, Villanueva also challenged Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, whom Villanueva has called on to match the reward money for Saturday’s crime.

On Monday, Villanueva said publicly:

This challenge is to LeBron James. I want you to match that and double that reward. I know you care about law enforcement. You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African American community. And I appreciated that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across professions, across races, creeds, and I’d like to see LeBron James step up to the plate and double that.

During his interview on Fox News, Villanueva said James has not yet responded to him — but said the NBA superstar needs “to take some ownership of exactly what he said in terms of propagating the idea that people are being hunted everywhere because of the color of their skin.”

James said in May, in response to uproar over the death of Ahmaud Arbery, that black people “literally hunted EVERYDAY/EVERYTIME we step foot outside the comfort of our homes!”

Villanueva said, “I think that is just flat out not the case.”

“I think we need to hold those accountable for breaking the law, be it law enforcement when we are crossing the line,” Villanueva added. “But then we have to acknowledge the bigger problem of violence overall and this ambush, cowardly ambush, of the two deputies just doing their own job, doing their business there in Compton, really illustrates that. That is the problem we need to address.”

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Kobe Bryant’s widow takes swipes at LA County sheriff on social media after his challenge to LeBron James

Vanessa Bryant, the widow of late NBA star Kobe Bryant, used social media to hit back against LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva on Tuesday, after the sheriff called on Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James to “match” and “double” the reward being offered for information on the suspect who ambushed two deputies in Compton over the weekend.

What are the details?

Villanueva announced this week that a $175,000 reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect who was seen on surveillance footage shooting the deputies as they sat in their patrol car. Both were hospitalized in critical condition, and are expected to survive.

During an interview with KABC-AM following the attack, the sheriff declared, “This challenge is to LeBron James: I want you to match that and double that reward.”

“I know you care about law enforcement,” the sheriff continued. “You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African American community, and I appreciate that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.”

Villanueva added, “Let’s see what he does. I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any.”

James has been an outspoken critic of law enforcement in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died in police custody in Minneapolis in late May after an officer was seen on video kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than 8 minutes.

The Lakers star player told reporters last month, “We are scared as black people in America. Black men, black women, black kids. We are, we are terrified.”

James has yet to respond to Villanueva, but Vanessa Bryant did.

Fox News reported that “In a series of posts on her Instagram Story, Bryant spotlighted screenshots of tweets and articles blasting Villanueva and calling out his department over the leak of graphic photos following the tragic helicopter crash that killed her husband, Kobe Bryant, their young daughter Gianna, and seven others in January.”

KCAL-TV noted, “Bryant is suing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after several deputies were found to be sharing graphic photos of the Jan. 26 helicopter crash that killed her husband, their 13-year-old daughter, Gigi, and seven others. Villanueva confirmed in March that eight deputies were involved in sharing the photos.”

The outlet reported:

Bryant weighed in on the challenge in her Instagram Stories, reposting a tweet that cast doubt on the challenge to James and how the sheriff was unable to “hold his deputies accountable for photographing dead children.” Another Story reposted another tweet asking how Villanueva can ask athletes, elected officials and civic leaders to trust the criminal justice system when “His sheriff’s dept. couldn’t be trusted to secure Kobe Bryant’s helicopter crash scene, his deputies took and shared graphic photos of the crash victims.”

Bryant also shared a post showing Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti’s earlier statement about the deputies that were ambushed. “Not all deputies are bad apples,” the mayor said. “Prayers for the 2 deputies that were shot.”

Anything else?

CNN’s Erin Burnett tweeted Tuesday night that Villanueva said the “reward for info in Compton deputy shooting attack now 275K, an increase of 100k thanks to donations from community.”

According to the Sheriff’s department, the suspect is described as a black male between 28 and 30 years old. He was wearing dark clothes.

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LA sheriff calls out LeBron James, asks him to match reward for finding gunman who ambushed deputies

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva called out NBA superstar and Black Lives Matter supporter LeBron James on Monday, challenging the Los Angles Lakers star to match and double the reward for bringing to justice the suspect who ambushed two deputies in Compton over the weekend.

What are the details?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person seen on surveillance video shooting two deputies sitting in their patrol car on Saturday night. Another $75,000 has been added to the reward from private donors.

During an interview with KABC-AM, Villanueva declared, “This challenge is to LeBron James: I want you to match that and double that reward,” according to Fox News.

“I know you care about law enforcement,” the sheriff continued. “You expressed a very interesting statement about your perspective on race relations and on officer-involved shootings and the impact that it has on the African American community, and I appreciate that. But likewise, we need to appreciate that respect for life goes across all professions.”

Villanueva added, “Let’s see what he does. I’ll be very curious to see what his response is, if any.”

What did LeBron James say?

James has been an outspoken critic of law enforcement in the wake of the death of George Floyd, who died while in police custody in Minneapolis in late May after an officer was seen on camera kneeling on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes.

Following the shooting of Jacob Blake — who became engaged in a scuffle with officers after they sought to apprehend him over allegations of sexual assault in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last month — James tweeted, “And y’all wonder why we say what we say about the Police!! Someone please tell me WTF is this???!!! Exactly another black man being targeted. This s**t is so wrong and so sad!! Feel so sorry for him, his family and OUR PEOPLE!! We want JUSTICE.”

Later that day, James told reporters, “We are scared as black people in America. Black men, black women, black kids. We are, we are terrified.”

James has thus far been silent over the shooting of the two deputies in Compton, who remain hospitalized because of their injuries.

According to an earlier report from TheBlaze, the sheriff’s department said:

The suspect is described as a black male whose age is estimated to be between 28 and 30. He was wearing dark clothes in the now widely circulated surveillance video. Unfortunately, the low quality of that video makes further description of the suspect virtually impossible at this time.

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Candace Owens shreds ‘pea-brained’ LeBron James, BLM for ambush on LA sheriffs: ‘The racist, anti-police, black lives matter LIE is to blame’

Conservative commentator Candace Owens tore into NBA player LeBron James for his support of the Black Lives Matter movement’s rhetoric following the
horrific ambush on two deputies in Los Angeles on Saturday evening.

What’s a very brief history here?

Two sheriff’s deputies were shot in an unprovoked attack as they sat in a police cruiser on a Los Angeles street, according to authorities.

Both were “severely wounded” during the incident, and taken to a nearby hospital for emergency surgery.

As they arrived, Black Lives Matter activists reportedly converged on the facility, blocking entrances, demanding the officers be
left to die from their grievous injuries.

Several protesters were arrested during the fracas.

What are the details?

Referring to the weekend’s attack on the sheriffs, Owens on Sunday said that James — who once insisted that black men are “literally hunted” every time they leave their homes — is complicit in antagonizing anti-cop activists.

Owens — author of “Blackout: How Black America Can Make Its Second Escape from the Democratic Plantation” — asked, “Why does this happen? Because pea-brained celebrities that are idolized like @KingJames tell young black men that they are ‘literally being hunted.’ This is the natural result of such hyperbolic, dishonest rhetoric.”

“The racist, anti-police, black lives matter LIE is to blame,” she insisted.

The conservative commentator later
wrote, “Why else does this happen? Because when pea-brained athletes put the name of an alleged RAPIST on their helmets and jerseys, criminals begin believing they are acting as heroes.”

“BLACK LIVES MATTER AND THE COMPLICIT MEDIA ORGANIZATIONS, ATHLETES, AND ENTERTAINERS ARE TO BLAME,” she added.

What else?

Later on Sunday, Owens spoke to Mark Levin during an appearance on Fox’s “Life, Liberty, & Levin,” where she said James’s apparent outrage over white privilege and racism was overblown and misplaced.

“He’s got a white gardener, a white chef, all various white people that work for him, white driver,” she said. “So if that’s racism, LeBron, please, please share some of that with the rest of us.”

The conservative also said that many celebrities privately correspond with her, and allegedly admit to being closeted conservatives who live in fear of losing their affluent positions in Hollywood.

“If I opened my inbox and showed you the amount of celebrities that have written to me privately, that silent majority that we’re always talking about, they’ve written to me and said, ‘I’m finally starting to see the truth. I can’t stand being in Hollywood. I’m not allowed to use my voice to say what I actually believe,” Owens told Levin.

She added, “These are the same celebrities that are actually posting the black squares on Instagram and saying ‘We must care about black lives.’ And they’re saying they’re doing it basically under duress because if they don’t, they’ll lose their entire careers.”

Owens also promised that there is a cultural and political awakening taking place across the U.S. for the better.

“There is something shaking and something happening in this country, and more and more people are awake and alive to what is really at risk, which is really the values and the principles that this country was built upon,” she insisted.

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LeBron James on Jacob Blake shooting: ‘We are scared as black people’ of the police

Superstar Los Angeles Lakers player LeBron James spoke out again Monday night about the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake after his team’s playoff win over the Portland Trailblazers.

In his postgame comments, James was asked about the shooting of Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which has ignited a series of furious protests and riots across Wisconsin and other areas of the country.


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“I know people get tired of hearing me say it, but we are scared as black people in America. Black men, black women, black kids, we are terrified,” James said.

James went on to criticize the specific actions taken by police as shown in video of the incident that has been widely shared on social media.

“If you’re sitting here and telling me that there was no way to subdue that gentleman or detain him or just before the firing of guns, then you’re sitting here and you’re lying to not only me, you’re lying to every African American, every black person in the community. Because we see it over and over and over. If you watch the video, there was multiple moments where if they wanted to, they could’ve tackled him. They could’ve grabbed him. You know? They could’ve done that. And why, why does it always have to get to a point where we see the guns firing?” James asked.

The NBA season was suspended in March after members of the Utah Jazz tested positive for coronavirus immediately before a scheduled game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The NBA then constructed a “bubble” for potentially playoff-eligible teams in Orlando that was designed to prevent further coronavirus infections from interrupting the remainder of the season or the playoffs. In the bubble, players have taken a decidedly more activist tone, often wearing slogans on the backs of their jerseys expressing sentiments like “Black Lives Matter” and “Equality.”

The Blake shooting was a hot topic of conversation among players in the bubble on Monday, especially for players on the Milwaukee Bucks. Bucks guard George Hill went so far as to wonder aloud on Monday whether the NBA season should have restarted at all, saying, “We shouldn’t have even came to this damn place, to be honest. I think coming just here took all the focal points off what the issues are. But we’re here, so it is what it is.”

James is one of the few NBA players to opt out of placing a social justice message on the back of his jersey. As James explained in July, “It was no disrespect to the list that was handed out to all the players. I commend anyone that decides to put something on the back of their jersey. It’s just something that didn’t really seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”

In the game, James scored 30 points and added 6 rebounds and 10 assists for the Lakers, who scored the first 15 points of the game and never looked back, leading by as many as 37 in the second half.

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LeBron James wore a customized MAGA hat to a game to make a social justice statement

NBA superstar LeBron James and his Los Angeles Lakers teammates wore customized “Make America Great Again” hats to Tuesday night’s playoff game against the Portland Trail Blazers, making a statement about the death of Breonna Taylor, Business Insider reported.

The hats had “great again” crossed out, with text added underneath, so the hats said, “Make America Arrest the Cops who Killed Breonna Taylor.” The message is a reference to the Louisville Metropolitan Police Department shooting of Taylor while serving a no-knock drug warrant in March.

“You know the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky,” James told reporters after the game, which the Lakers lost. “An innocent woman being killed, by the name of Breonna Taylor. A woman who had a bright future. Her life was taken away from her. There’s been no arrests, there’s been no justice, not only for her, but for her family. We want to continue to shed light on that situation because it’s just unjust. That’s what it’s about.”

Taylor’s death occurred on March 13, but wasn’t widely publicized nationally until May when it made national headlines shortly after video of the killing of Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia was released to the public. Although one of the three officers involved in the Taylor shooting has been fired, no charges have been filed and the investigation is ongoing.

LMPD officers had a no-knock warrant for Taylor based on her suspected involvement with drug trafficking. When they entered the home in the middle of the night, Taylor’s boyfriend Kenneth Walker, a legal gun owner, fired one shot at the officers, who responded by shooting back more than 20 times.

Walker was not hurt, but Taylor was shot eight times and died at the scene. Walker was charged with attempted murder of a police officer, but those charges were later dropped. He has told investigators he believed a home invasion was taking place, and didn’t know he was shooting at police officers. The officers were not in uniform.

Protests have been taking place in Louisville for months as people demand criminal charges against the officers. However, some legal experts believe that it will be difficult to bring charges against officers who only fired their weapons after being shot at first.

“The young man shot at them,” said Louisville lawyer and former judge Aubrey Williams, according to The Washington Post. Williams is a former head of the Louisville NAACP. “Whether he knew who they were or not, he shot at them. And at that point, the officers have every reason to shoot back. They are trained to defend themselves, and that is what they did.”

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‘We could care less’ — LeBron James laughs off Trump criticism of NBA players kneeling

Los Angeles Lakers basketball star LeBron James laughed off criticism from President Donald Trump over NBA players choosing to participate in kneeling protests before their games.

James told reporters on Wednesday that the game of basketball would do fine without the president watching.

“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, in viewing the game,” responded James.

“I think our game is in a beautiful position, and we have fans all over the world and, uh, our fans not only love the way we play the game,” he continued, “we try to give it back to them with our commitment to the game, but also respect what else we try to bring to the game, in acknowledging what’s right and what’s wrong.”

James implied that in order to achieve the change that many were seeking, Trump would need to lose the election in November.

“I hope everyone, no matter the race, no matter the color, no matter their sides, see what leadership that we have at the top of our country and understand that November is right around the corner, and it’s a big moment for us as Americans. If we continue to talk about what we want better, we want change, we have an opportunity to do that,” James continued.

“But the game will go on without his eyes on it,” he laughed.

“I can sit here and speak for all of us that love the game of basketball,” James concluded. “We could care less.”

“I just turn off the game”

James was responding to a question about comments the president made to Fox News in response to so many NBA players kneeling in protest as a part of the Black Lives Matter movement.

“I think it’s disgraceful,” said Trump. “We work very hard trying to get them open. I was pushing them to get open. And then I see everyone kneeling during the anthem. It’s not acceptable to me. When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game.”

James also laughed at the reporter repeating the president’s claim that he had done more for African-Americans than any other president except possibly Abraham Lincoln.

“Are you trying to make me laugh right now?” he chuckled.

Here’s the full video of James’ comments:


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LeBron James’ voting rights group is paying fines for convicted felons so they can vote in Florida

The voting rights organization founded by NBA star LeBron James is contributing $100,000 toward paying fines for convicted felons in Florida so they can vote, Politico reported.

James and other athletes and entertainers founded More Than a Vote after the death of George Floyd as a group focused on increasing voter turnout among minority communities. In Florida, convicted felons were granted the right to vote, but they are still prohibited from doing so if they owe court debts.

“Your right to vote shouldn’t depend upon whether or not you can pay to exercise it,” Miami Heat forward and More than a Vote member Udonis Haslem said in a written statement.

The partnership will help ensure that “formerly incarcerated American citizens — many of them Black and brown — are able to pay their outstanding fines and fees and register to vote in the 2020 election and beyond.”

The coalition already has raised more than $1.5 million for its fees-and-fines fund, but the partnership with More Than A Vote is expected to bring attention and awareness to the effort.

More Than a Vote is partnering with Florida Rights Restoration Coalition in this effort.

“We are Black athletes and artists working together,” reads a statement of purpose on the More Than a Vote website. “Our priority right now is combating systemic, racist voter suppression by educating, energizing, and protecting our community in 2020.”

A study earlier this year concluded that more than 774,000 incarcerated people can’t vote because of legal financial obligations, and the professor who conducted that study called that number a “conservative” estimate. For context, Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis beat his Democratic opponent, former Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, by only 33,000 votes in 2018.

After Florida’s lifetime voting ban for felons was reversed by an amendment, the Republican-controlled Florida legislature passed a law requiring those convicted felons to pay all outstanding court debts before being allowed to vote.

In May, a federal judge called that law unconstitutional, saying it was essentially a poll tax and ordering the state to come up with a different process.

“Taxation without representation led a group of patriots to throw lots of tea into a harbor when there were barely united colonies, let alone a United States,” U.S. District Judge Robert Hinkle wrote in his ruling, Politico reported. “Before Amendment 4, no state disenfranchised as large a portion of the electorate as Florida.”

DeSantis has appealed the ruling, and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals will hold a hearing on the case on Aug. 18.

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Hong Kong democracy activist calls out LeBron James for social justice hypocrisy: ‘All he cares about is money’

An activist who protested for democracy in Hong Kong and who has testified in front of Congress called out NBA star LeBron James for being “hypocritical” on the issue of social justice, Bloomberg reported.

The activist, Joshua Wong, pointed out that while James is active and vocal about seeking justice for black Americans, he declined to say a word against China’s oppression because doing so would put him at some financial risk.

“Defending democracy is vital, but @KingJames only talks loud in the U.S.,” Wong wrote. “All he cares about is money, not human rights.”

Wong served two months in jail for participation in the 2014 protests in Hong Kong against the influence of the communist Chinese government.

In the fall, the NBA got into a conflict with the Chinese government because Daryl Morey, an executive for the Houston Rockets, tweeted his support for pro-Democracy protesters in Hong Kong. The NBA has a significant presence in China, and many players have endorsement deals either in China or strongly boosted by sales in China.

China threatened to cut ties with the NBA over the tweet, and players were forced to choose between speaking out against human rights violations by the Chinese government or protecting their own business interests. James, one of the most influential voices in sports, chose the latter.

Instead, James criticized Morey for putting players in an uncomfortable position with his support for Hong Kong. The Los Angeles Lakers star was among players who were in China at the time for a series of preseason basketball games.

“I don’t want to get into a word- or sentence-feud with Daryl Morey, but I believe he wasn’t educated on the situation at hand,” James said after a Lakers game in October in China. “And so many people could have been harmed, not only financially, but physically, emotionally, spiritually.”

James recently started a group that aims to protect voting rights for black Americans. The organization is a response to reported voting issues in predominantly black precincts this week.

“Everyone talking about ‘how do we fix this?'” James said. “They say ‘go out and vote?’ What about asking if how we vote is also structurally racist?”

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