*LeBron James knows whenever he does something on or off the basketball court it makes a statement.
Such was the case when he wore an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt at a recent game during warm ups. Although he noticeably protested the grand jury’s non-indictment of the police officers that killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner, don’t expect King James to talk about what he did with his sons.
In an interview with NBC News in Cleveland, James discussed why he’s supporting the Brown and Garner families as well as his reasons for keeping quiet about the factors leading to the tragedies and the resulting protests with the boys. In his eyes, it’s all in the name of protecting his kids.
“”To pay respects to the family, it doesn’t get any larger than that. Obviously, we know our society needs to do better, but like I said before, violence is not the answer and retaliation isn’t the solution. As a society, we know we have to get better, but it’s not going to be done in one day. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and we know that, but we all have to do better…,” James said. “It caught my attention just because I live in this country and I’m up to speed with a lot of stuff that goes on. Anytime you hear a kid, an African-American kid, for myself, being gunned down in any way, shape or form, I try to find out as much information as I can about it.”
“It was a pretty heartfelt thing, something you don’t want your kids to see,” he continued. “My kids know nothing about it, and I’m going to keep it away from them. It’s something they don’t need to be exposed to, but to be educated is more important.”
So what do you think? Is LeBron right for not exposing his sons to the harsh reality regarding police interaction with black people or any relevant social issues that might affect them? Or do you feel he should sit down with them and educate the boys early on?
LeBron has MORE to say at WKYC.com.
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