Spare us the faux outrage.
In the 1960s, Malcolm X was regularly frustrated when people expected black athletes and entertainers to be effective spokesmen on civil rights issues. Back then, and now, it often leads to a whole lot of disappointment. Once in a blue moon the earth gives us a Harry Belafonte or Muhammad Ali, but they are the ultra rare exceptions to the rule.
LeBron James is one of my favorite athletes. The dude has a work ethic on and off the court that is unmatched. His character as a husband and father are unquestioned and he appears to be an incredibly altruistic and generous man. Sadly, with his recent comments on the death of Tamir Rice and the lack of charges for the officers who killed him, LeBron James has proven that he is not an exception to the rule.
As a fan, I am sincerely surprised and highly disappointed in what LeBron said (and didn’t say) about the case.
Speaking after a recent game, when asked about Tamir’s death, LeBron said, “For me, I’ve always been a guy who’s took pride in knowledge of every situation that I’ve ever spoke on. And to be honest, I haven’t really been on top of this issue. So it’s hard for me to comment. I understand that any lives that [are] lost, what we want more than anything is prayer and the best for the family, for anyone. But for me to comment on the situation, I don’t have enough knowledge about it.”
LeBron is a father to two young sons close to Tamir’s age. The shooting death and subsequent decision not to prosecute the officers is the most covered news story of police violence in Cleveland’s history. It has absolutely gripped the nation, but somehow, most of us know about this case and LeBron doesn’t.
Listen, I know LeBron isn’t Muhammad Ali and I definitely knew he isn’t Malcolm X, but for him to basically say he can’t even comment on this case because he simply doesn’t know enough about it is appalling.