LeBron is calling out the media.
LeBron James has spent over two decades in the blinding spotlight that was first shined upon him when he was still Just A Kid From Akron playing high school basketball, and over that span, he has routinely harnessed the massive platform that comes with being one of the most famous athletes on the planet to call attention to a wide variety of issues off of the court.
In addition to supporting a number of philanthropic efforts targeting underprivileged communities, James has also soundly ignored the “Shut Up And Dribble” crowd by being fairly vocal when it comes to social justice issues.
Following Wednesday night’s win over the Trail Blazers, LeBron opted to use his postgame press conference to address a recent controversy concerning Jerry Jones, which stems from a photo taken in 1957 that captured the Cowboys owner standing in a crowd of white teenagers attempting to block a group of Black students from entering Little Rock Central High School shortly after it was desegregated.
LeBron James wondered why he has not been asked about the 1957 photo of Cowboys owner Jerry Jones that recently surfaced, after the media were quick to question him about Kyrie Irving.
— ESPN (@espn) December 1, 2022
Here are James’ full comments. He said that if he is going to be asked about Kyrie Irving’s suspension for sharing an anti-Semitic film on his social media, James also expected to be asked about Jones. https://t.co/HI2QyjBA4F pic.twitter.com/yFLrPxTgg6
— Dave McMenamin (@mcten) December 1, 2022
The answer seems fairly obvious, as it’s fairly easy to understand why reporters would be a bit more eager to ask LeBron about a high-profile NBA player accused of promoting antisemitic views as opposed to his thoughts on an old photo of the owner of the NFL team he roots for.
While I can understand why James might want to call more attention to the Jones’ situation, it seems like there had to be a less awkward way to raise it.
The Drama King.
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