Former San Francisco 49ers star quarterback Colin Kaepernick has given letter to Los Angeles Lakers all star LeBron James recently. He thanked him for the Lakers recent stand against social injustice and the like. There was another shooting by police of another black man. Since then, sports organizations have taken a stand.
The letter was a way that Kaepernick thought he could be in solidarity for the players who have followed in his footsteps. The Lakers we about to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. Now, the games have been postponed until today.
You can take a look at the letter he sent yourself:
Colin Kaepernick Sends Emotional Letter to LeBron James Thanking for Protests
The NBA was a whole also gave their full support to the players who took a stand. They responded with a statement of their own.
For most of the 2016 NFL season, Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem in a form protest. He was not the only one. Kaepernick’s was joined by several others including U.S. national women’s soccer team captain Megan Rapinoe, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace and a many others.
Now there are even more people joining in the fight. It all started with the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old Black man. He died after policeman, Derek Chauvin, kneeled on his neck for almost nine minutes. This sparked widespread protests, many of which turned violent.
LeBron talked about the BLM movement previously.
“First of all, I want to continue to shed light on justice for Breonna Taylor and to her family and everything that’s going on with that situation,” James said to reporters. “…We want the cops arrested who committed that crime.”
“A lot of people kind of use this analogy, talking about Black Lives Matter as a movement. It’s not a movement,” James continued. “When you’re Black, it’s not a movement. It’s a lifestyle. We sit here and say it’s a movement, and, OK, how long is this movement going to last? ‘Don’t stop the movement.’ No, this is a walk of life. When you wake up and you’re Black, that is what it is. It shouldn’t be a movement. It should be a lifestyle. This is who we are…”
What do you think about this?