LeBron decided to speak very freely on what he thought about Colin Kaepernick being blackballed by the NFL to ESPN.
Here were his quotes.
“I love football, but I’m not part of the NFL,” James told ESPN following the Cleveland Cavaliers’ practice Sunday. “I don’t represent the NFL. I don’t know their rules and regulations. But I do know Kap is getting a wrong doing, I do know that. Just watching, he’s an NFL player. He’s an NFL player and you see all these other quarterbacks out there and players out there that get all these second and third chances that are nowhere near as talented as him. It just feels like he’s been blackballed out of the NFL. So, I definitely do not respect that.”
“The only reason I could say he’s not on a team is because the way he took a knee,” James said. “That’s the only reason. I watch football every Sunday, every Thursday, every Monday night. I see all these quarterbacks — first-string, second-team, third-team quarterbacks — that play sometimes when the starter gets hurt or are starters that play. Kap is better than a lot of those guys. Let’s just be honest.”
LeBron who went to check out Jay Z’s 4:44 tour was asked what he thought about Hov’s song “The Story of OJ” which speaks on no matter what your status is you are still seen as inferiority by many in society because you are black.
Here is what Bron had to say about the song.
“It should resonate with every black person in the world, especially in the United States, though,” James said of the song. “Just the injustice of what’s going on and it painted a picture of the whole ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’ type issue that we got to go through. So, having a mentor and a big brother and a family member like Jay has always been key to my success and key to me being as great as I can be. He broke the mold and I always just try to learn from him and try to give back to him and give him inspiration as well.”
Lastly, LeBron indirectly addressed this Peter Vecsey tweet and the answer he gave spoke volumes.
Like Kanter is gonna 2B intimidated by LeBron, guy who stood up 2 Tayyip Erdogan. Imagine him being scared of a n*****who breathes the same air as him
— Peter Vecsey (@PeterVecsey1) November 14, 2017
“I mean, s—, when you’re born black you’re faced with discrimination,” James said. “It just comes with the territory. So our whole life we’re just trying to figure out ways how we can represent our family, represent us, be as powerful as we can be not only as African-American males, but African-American women as well. That’s why we’re so strong and that’s why we’re so prideful about what we believe in because when we’re born, we’re already born behind the eight ball. When you’re born African-American, you always got to do things more than the norm just because you’re black. So when you go through that, you got to understand that. And me being African-American myself and raising an African-American family and having African-American people around me all the time, we understand that we have to work even extra hard because there’s just always a ‘prove’ thing. We always got to try to prove ourselves.”
Good stuff from LeBron.