Published: Tue, September 27, 2016
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

LeBron supports Kaepernick but will stand during anthem

LeBron supports Kaepernick but will stand during anthem

LeBron James has taken a part in being a leading voice for change in our communities alongside a handful of NBA stars, but he will not be planning to join the national anthem protest movement started by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

James, who delivered an National Basketball Association title to title-starved Cleveland earlier this summer, spoke passionately about his concerns for his children's future and other social topics to the AP and during a wider interview session as the Cavaliers held their first media day as defending champions. "That's who I am, that's what I believe", said James.

"First of all, I'm all in favor of anyone - athlete or non-athlete - being able to express what they believe in in a peaceful manner", James said.

There's more. check out the clip. "It's a scary ass situation that if my son calls me and said he's been pulled over, that I'm not that confident that things are going to go well, that my son is going to return home".

"I look at my son being four years removed from driving his own auto, being able to leave the house on his own, and it's a scary thought right now to think if my son gets pulled over", James said. I'm not up here saying that all kids are great and all adults are great, because they're not.

James added, "I'm not up here saying that all police are bad, because they're not".

Just last week, National Basketball Association commissioner Adam Silver and players union head union head Michele Roberts sent players a joint memo about wanting to come up with ways to spark change in communities and the country, period, in lieu of more incidents of police brutality against unarmed Black men.

But the most interesting and eye-opening portion of his press conference came when he was asked about the recent police shootings that have plagued the country. "But the conversation has continued from the ESPYs speech that myself, CP, D-Wade and Melo had, and that's definitely a good thing". It was more so of just understanding what's going on in our society and how much I can help. The same went for Cavs coach Ty Lue, general manager David Griffin and Kyrie Irving.

"Being a gay American, I know what it means to look at the flag and not have it protect all of your liberties."

"And we have players in that room that are really mature, veteran people that want to make an impact". "America has done so many great things for all of us. Those were our personal feelings, and the one thing that we wanted to get out of that is that we continue the conversation".

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