“King James’ speaks out
He has been hailed as ‘King James’ from the moment he burst onto the basketball scene as a teen, and long before Akron’s LeBron James led the hometown Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA title he has lived up to that moniker.
Thus when ‘King James’ holds royal court during a media session, all eyes and ears are on him. He’s sports version of EF Hutton, when he speaks people listen.
Monday was no exception when the defending NBA champions began their season with Media Day.
A calm, relaxed James made his way to the podium following head coach Tyronn Lue and GM David Griffin.
Most probably wanted to know what James had in plan for an encore to the first title in Cavs history and the first for the City in more that 50 years, but James relished the opportunity to talk about a subject that most want to forget.
Especially in an environment where the majority of the audience is white media people, but it is these precise moments that define the iconic legacy of LeBron James.
After both Lue and Griffin were both asked a question about the ongoing national protest that has sparked a nationwide debate about police brutality and racial injustice, the reporter fed the question to James.
While James said that he supports San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, he said that he would stand for the national anthem.
“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, and that’s what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that. I think you guys know that when I’m passionate about something, I speak upon it. Me standing for the national anthem is something I will do. That’s who I am. That’s what I believe in. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect or agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing” James said.
James added; “You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion, and he’s doing it in the most peaceful way I’ve ever seen someone do something. What I do not like about the situation is the negative attention that has been thrown upon him from certain people because it’s not deserved. He was very educated, very smart, very candid, and very demanding about what he wanted to do, and he didn’t ask anyone else to join him. He did it in the most peaceful manner I’ve ever seen.”
However James express fear for his son.