LeBron James asks why he hasn’t been asked about the Jerry Jones photo

LeBron James asks why he hasn’t been asked about the Jerry Jones photo


LeBron James asked reporters after the Los Angeles Lakers’ win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night why he hadn’t been asked for his reaction to a photo recently appeared showing Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones as a teenager watching white students try to block black students from desegregating his Arkansas high school, comparing the situation to the recent controversy Kyrie Irving, Brooklyn Nets guard.

“I have a question for you guys before I go,” James said near the end of his post-match press conference. “I was thinking on my way here. I was wondering why I haven’t gotten any questions from you guys about the Jerry Jones picture. But when the Kyrie thing came up, you quickly asked us questions about it.”

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Irving was suspended last month for sharing a link on social media to a documentary containing anti-Semitic tropes, eventually apologizing for it after initially refusing to do so. James, who has he used his platform as one of the NBA’s biggest stars to address social inequalities, conflicting issues about why few NBA players had commented on Irving’s post.

“I personally don’t condone any hatred of any kind. Of any race. In the Jewish communities, in the black communities, in the Asian communities. You guys know where I stand,” James said at the time. “I think what Kyrie did caused some harm to a lot of people. And since then … he’s apologized. But he caused some harm, and I think it’s unfortunate.”

Last week, The Washington Post published a story as part of his series on the NFL’s poor record of developing, promoting and hiring black coaches, and a photo of a 14-year-old was a centerpiece.

In the story, Jones acknowledged his presence on the steps of North Little Rock High that day in 1957, but said he was only there to watch: “I don’t know if I or anyone else had any idea or had any knowledge… what had involved. . It was a more curious thing,” he said.

On Wednesday, James continued, “When I see Kyrie talk and he’s like, ‘I know who I am, but I want to keep the same energy when we talk about my people and the things that we’ve been through.'” and this photo of Jerry Jones is a d ‘those moments that our people, black people, have lived in America. And I feel like a black man, like a black athlete, like someone with power and a platform, when we do something wrong, or something that people don’t agree, it’s in every tabloid, every news coverage, it’s on the bottom ticker. It’s asked about every day.

“But I feel like the whole Jerry Jones situation, photo, and I know it was years and years ago and we all make mistakes, I get that, but it seems like it’s just been buried under, like, ‘Oh, happen. OK, let’s move on. And I was disappointed that I didn’t get this question from you.

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James grew up rooting for the Cowboys, but in an Instagram Live post from October to promote his talk show “The Shop,” said it had happened, citing the organization’s response to player protests in recent years. Jones, one of the NFL’s most influential owners, did not support in 2017 when athletes knelt in solidarity with former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick to protest police brutality and social inequality.

“I had to sit on the Cowboys, man,” James said in this post. “There’s a lot that was going on when the guys were kneeling. The guys had freedom of speech and they wanted to do it in a very peaceful way. … The organization said, ‘If you do this around here, never again you’re going to play for this franchise again.” It just didn’t feel right.”

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