Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and LeBron James have always voiced their opinion on racial injustice. The old wound was opened again following the death of George Floyd.
The Los Angeles Lakers had a Zoom conference on Tuesday with players, coaching personnel and execs to discuss the current situation in the country. Millions of people protest in the streets, and let’s just say that the civil unrest is the last thing humanity needed during the civil unrest. Many people are trying to raise their voices. They want to be heard. They want to solve the problem.
Kareem has never shied away from speaking about social injustice. He was actually a guest speaker. The Lakers talked about how the franchise and players can make a positive change in the country.
King James was one of the prominent players to speak. He has been expressing his views about the problems African-Americans face on a daily basis.
LeBron James has always warned about racial injustice
This was an important step after Floyd’s death. Four Minneapolis police officers took part in the arrest of the African-American on May 25. Derek Chauvin, held his knee on Floyd’s neck for almost nine minutes. He is now charged with second-degree murder. His colleagues will also face charges of aiding and abetting murder.
Kareem talked about “a lot of questions.” How did he deal with racial injustice in the 1960s and ‘70s? There was civil unrest in the US back then.
LeBron told Kareem how cool it was to see a photo of a young Kareem, Muhammad Ali, Jim Brown, Bill Russell and other great athletes in 1967 in Cleveland. They were posing with other civil right activist. The group supported Ali back then.
In his piece for The Times, Kareem wrote about the protests and the fact that people are pushed to the edge.
The conversation also included LeBron’s problems with racism. In 2017, the Lakers superstar had a racial slur spray painted on the gate of his Brentwood mansion. He wasn’t at home and was busy helping his Cleveland Cavaliers win the game.
LeBron always talks about racial injustice, and he didn’t remain silent after Floyd’s death.
“The Lakers did a great job letting their players have a voice,” a source told the Times. “The Lakers understand what’s happening. They have always been about helping their community and that hasn’t stopped even now when the Lakers and others sports teams are needed the most.”