Basketball superstar Lebron James made a social justice statement with his footwear during an NBA game on December 17. There were many different reactions to James statement and the debate still rages on.
When LeBron James last visited Capital One Arena to play the Wizards on Nov. 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers star made a statement with his shoes and then his play. James showed up in Chinatown that night in high-top charcoal Nikes with “Long Live The King” stitched in blue and gold across the straps. He went on to score 57 points, grab 11 rebounds and dish out seven assists in a 130-122 Cavaliers win.
James made another statement with his kicks in his return trip to D.C. on Sunday night before recording his third consecutive triple-double in a 106-99 Cavaliers win. The four-time MVP, who finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and 12 assists, took the court in one white shoe and one black shoe, with “EQUALITY” stitched in gold above a gold Nike swoosh on the back.
According to FoxNews:
The four-time NBA MVP was asked about his choice of footwear for the first half of his Cleveland Cavaliers’ 106-99 victory over the Washington Wizards on Sunday night at an arena about a mile from the White House.
“Obviously, we know where we are right now,” James began. “And we know who’s at the helm here.”
He continued, speaking about the importance of “having equal rights and being able to stand for something and speak for something and keeping the conversation going.”
James then referred to his past discussions of Trump, saying: “Obviously, I’ve been … very outspoken and well-spoken about the situation that’s going on at the helm here. … Equality is all about understanding our rights, understanding what we stand for and how powerful we are as men and as women, black or white or Hispanic. It doesn’t matter your race.”
James called the president a “bum” after Trump withdrew a White House invitation to the Warriors’ Steph Curry. Earlier, James also tweeted out to Trump about his response to Charlottesville.
“Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now,” James tweeted.
Then, for Cleveland’s first regular-season game, James donned a pair of black sneakers with the “equality” message. But this was the first time James chose to wear one white and one black shoe.
At halftime Sunday, he changed into other sneakers. James finished the game with 20 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds.
“I didn’t play well in the first half, and I’m very superstitious, so I took ’em off,” James explained, before joking: “I didn’t play well in the second half, either, so if there was a third half, I would have took those off.”