Brietbart.com – LeBron James’ transition from owner of one of the best stories in sports history to becoming one of the most thoroughly unlikeable celebrities in America is nearly complete.
As Sports Illustrated’s “Sportsperson of the Year,” James capitalized on his cover photo and attached a safety pin to his coat to make a political statement against Donald Trump. The safety pin signifies solidarity and support for women, minorities, and immigrants.
James campaigned with Hillary Clinton, and recently refused to stay at one of Donald Trump’s hotels when the Cavaliers came to New York to play the Knicks.
James accepted the award while paying tribute to black athletes of the past, and their stands on racial justice. James said, “This award is for the great Muhammad Ali, for Bill Russell, for Jim Brown, for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. They sacrificed everything that could’ve happened to them. [They] could have been stripped of everything that they had accomplished to that point. But their calling and their reasoning for doing what they had to do was for a night like tonight.
“That in 2016 in Brooklyn, New York, we all can sit up here as African-Americans, white Americans… that we all can sit in one room and just say, “wow, this is an unbelievable night in not only sports, but in life.” It’s never about the individual, it’s always about the people behind him.”
While borderline narcissistic in claiming that he represents the culmination of the racial justice movement, James cloaking himself in the racial justice warrior ethos of the past is no accident. James has fully embraced the modern racial justice ethos: James and his teammates took a picture with their hoodies on in tribute to Trayvon Martin, wore an “I Can’t Breathe” t-shirt in solidarity with Eric Garner, and took the stage at the ESPYS to speak out against police violence.
With leaders like Jim Brown and celebrities like Dave Chappelle getting behind our President-Elect 100%, its odd to see well know athletes like Lebron attempting to weaken Trump with one of the most visible awards in the sports world. It’s dissapointing to say the least, but then again, Lebron has never been the most savy media guru in the NBA. Does anyone remember “The Decision”? I am starting to hope Lebron takes his talents to Canada…
Image Source: Sports Illustrated