All NBA teams, including staff, players and even referees participating in the 'bubble' have decided to take a knee when the United States National Anthem is played prior to the games.
President Donald Trump called the act 'disgraceful', and even stated that it makes him turn off games. The Lakers star, LeBron James, has been very vocal about issues in the community for a while, and also has supported the Black Lives Matter movement.
James responded to Trump's comments and spoke for the entire basketball community, "We could care less if he watches the games."
“I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership... November is right around the corner and it’s a big moment for us as Americans.”
LeBron James on Donald Trump saying he won’t watch any more NBA games because people have kneeled to protest systemic racism during the national anthem: “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership.” pic.twitter.com/l9sP7LiFsi— Mark Medina (@MarkG_Medina) August 6, 2020
'The King' also decided to address the viral and unfortunate video circulating around social media of a family pulled over in Colorado, and made to lay face down by the police.
Lakers’ LeBron James on video of family pulled over in Aurora, CO, and made to lay face down by police: “Hurtful and disgraceful.... We just want better. As a Black community, we’re not asking for a lot for the s—- we went through the last 400 years.” pic.twitter.com/mZzhlyAlvl— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) August 6, 2020
Throughout his career, James has made sure his thoughts are heard around the world. He even created his own platform, Uninterrupted, with the intention for athlete's voices to be heard, and not only when it comes to sport issues but also community, which is where the slogan 'More Than An Athlete' comes from.