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LeBron James Just Torched Trump Over His Attacks On Black NFL Players

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LeBron James Just Torched Trump Over His Attacks On Black NFL Players

 

Basketball megastar LeBron James addressed the President’s inflammatory attacks on black athletes who kneel during the national anthem during the NBA’s Media Day, praising former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick for taking a stand against racism and police brutality.

“I salute Colin Kaepernick for being as powerful as he was, and being the one that had to fall on the sword unfortunately, and I hate that … I wish I owned an NFL team right now, I’d sign him today.”

He didn’t shy away from addressing the President again, just two days after calling him a “bum” in a viral Twitter post:

“It wasn’t a name call … it was like ‘You bum!’ Me and my friends call each other that all the time. I’m not his friend though.

The thing that frustrated me and pissed me off is that he used the sports platform to divide us. Sport and sports is so amazing, what sports can do for everyone, no matter the shape, or size, or race, or ethnicity, or religion — or whatever. People find teams, people find payers, people find colors because of sport and they just gravitate toward that and it makes people so happy. And it brings people together like none other.

But James saved his most powerful condemnation for last, calling out the President for failing to rise to the responsibilities of the office and for failing to adequately govern this nation.

“He doesn’t understand the power that he has for being the leader of this beautiful country. He doesn’t understand how many kids, no matter the race, look up to the President of the United States for guidance, for leadership, for words of encouragement.

The people run this country, not one individual — and damn sure not him.”

We couldn’t agree more.

Watch his remarks here:

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If you’re not familiar with NBA star Jeremy Lin, then you probably don’t know about the “linsanity” he caused during his tenure with the NY Knicks.

The Asian-American NBA star gained notoriety because, aside from Yao Ming, there haven’t been many ethnically Asian players tearing it up on the court. He also got props from people on the web for shutting down Kim Kardashian when the reality TV star expressing interest in dating the athlete at the height of his “Linsanity.”

Lin is also known for being one of the most disproportionately abused players in the NBA, as pointed out by one fan who compiled a video showing clearly flagrant fouls not being called as such against Lin. The video is a bit tough to watch.

Lin’s response to the video was nothing but pure class, saying that tough fouls are a part of the game, although he appreciated the fan bringing up the issue and hoped that officials would review hard fouls with more consideration in the future.

Lin carried that same class over when fellow NBA star Kenyon Martin accused Lin of cultural appropriation and wanting to be black once the Asian-American athlete debuted his new dreads hairstyle on the court.

Lin responded to Martin’s statement with nothing but respect, and, whether intentional or not, delivered a solid burn to Kenyon Martin in the process, pointing out some of K-Mart’s tattoos that prove he’s seemingly guilty of a little bit of “cultural appropriation” as well.

People on Twitter loved Lin’s rejoinder.

They really loved Lin’s approach.

Others pointed out that Martin’s comments were pretty racist, which would’ve been evident in the tables were turned.

But winning arguments and dealing savage social media blows are apparently easy when you state the facts.

Which is exactly what people are saying Lin did. How do you feel he reacted?

Via: Distractify

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Michael Jordan Just Gave A Powerful Response To Trump’s Attacks On Black Athletes

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Michael Jordan Just Gave A Powerful Response To Trump’s Attacks On Black Athletes

 

Michael Jordon, whom many consider the greatest athlete ever to play professional basketball, has a long history of being reticent to discuss politics or state political positions.

Jordon once, according to reports that were never verified, refused to endorse a black candidate in a North Carolina Senate race against a long time racist, Jesse Helms, with the quip: “Republicans buy sneakers too.”

These days in his retirement Jordon is the managing partner of the Charlotte Hornets basketball team – in North Carolina, where the far right wing controls most political offices – and he has once again tried to stay away from sensitive political issues.

Until now.

This weekend, even Jordon spoke out after President Trump at a rally in Alabama on Friday that owners of NFL teams should take action against player’s peaceful protests – including taking a knee when the national anthem is played – by having the team owner say, “Get that son of a bitch off the field right now. He’s fire. He’s fired.”

Trump may be recycling his line from his days on The Apprentice, but Jordon made clear that this time the president is not the boss.

On Sunday evening, Jordon told the Charlotte Observer newspaper that athletes who protest, taking a knee or otherwise carrying out peaceful protests, should not be “demonized.”

“One of the fundamental rights this country is founded on was freedom of speech,” said Jordon, “and we have a long tradition of nonviolent, peaceful protest. Those who exercise the right to peacefully express themselves should not be demonized or ostracized.”

“At a time of increasing divisiveness and hate in this country,” added Jordon, “we should be looking for ways to work together and support each other and not create more division.”

“I support Commissioner Adam Silver, the NBA, its players and all those who wish to exercise their right to free speech,” concluded Jordon.

Jordon’s reference to the professional basketball league, which obviously also applied to pro football, put him on record along with other NBA team owners, players, and even the league’s commissioner, as rejecting Trump’s call to treat protesters as pariahs.

The NBA was drawn into Trump’s tirade last week after Golden State Warriors superstar Stephen Curry – arguably the greatest player active in the game today – said he would not go to the White House to meet with Trump, who was to honor him and his team for winning the world championship of pro basketball last season.

In response, Trump withdrew his offer for a visit to the entire team n a tweet.

Trump’s withdrawal of an invitation – which had actually not yet been formalized – came shortly after Curry’s position was discussed on the morning show Fox & Friends, which Trump is known to frequently watch.

“Visiting the president in D.C. is customary for American championship teams,” reported Sports Illustrated online. “Curry, head coach Steve Kerr and other members of the Warriors have been outspoken against president Donald Trump, his policies and his stances on social issues in the past, and Curry’s comments then come as little surprise after he said the same thing in June.”

The Warriors responded in a statement: “We accept that President Trump has made it clear that we are not invited. We believe there is nothing more American that our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We’re disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue no issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise.”

The Warriors announced that the team would still visit Washington, D.C. but this time it would be to “celebrate equality, diversity, and inclusion – the values that we embrace as an organization.”

On Saturday, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers told ESPN that the team was considering a visit to the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture while in the nation’s capital.

Curry had set the tone on Friday when he responded to Trump’s comments in Alabama, where he had gone to support a candidate in a close special election for the Senate.

“You can talk about all the different personalities that has said things and done things – from Kaepernick to what happened with Michael Bennett to all sorts of examples of what has gone on in our country that has led to change,” Curry told reporters on Friday.

“We’re all trying to do what we can using our platforms, using our opportunities to shed light on that,” added Curry. “That’s kind of where I stand on that. I don’t think us going to the White House will miraculously make everything better, but this is my opportunity to voice that.”

Curry was referring in his comments to Colin Kaepernick, who as a member of the San Francisco 49ers last season, kneeled during the playing of the National Anthem, evoking a blast of criticism and an equal amount of support. Kaepernick, despite an outstanding record as a quarterback, has been frozen out of football this season.

His other reference is to Michael Bennet Jr., a defensive end for the Seattle Seahawks, who in August sat down on the bench when others stood for the playing of the national anthem.

Both Kaepernick and Bennett were protesting the racism in American society and what they see as unequal opportunities based on race among Americans.

When he protested, Bennett told ESPN “It would take a white player to really get things changed because when somebody from the other side understands and they step up and they speak up about it – it would change the whole conversation.”

Thanks to the racist comments by Trump, Bennett’s wish came true this past weekend, as white athletes on many NFL teams joined in the protests. 

This is fostering many more conversations about racism, but also about the right of athletes – often highly paid – to use their sports platform to share their political views.

Trump has also managed to upset many in his base who are avid sports fans and bring forth comments from some who agree with him.

In his bluster and efforts to paint sports stars who protest peacefully as unAmerican, what Trump has really done is show the huge divide in America which has only grown since he became president.

Trump’s actions and those of his Justice Department and others in his administration have had the effect of rolling back generations of efforts to enforce civil rights laws so that all people, regardless of their color, religion or where they were born, can feel they have an equal opportunity in America.

Instead, Trump has started a race and class battle that is poisoning the atmosphere but is also firing up a new level of activism among many Americans who have just shrugged in the past about the inequalities in our society.

So Trump, by attacking peaceful protest, by his racist actions (even as he denies he is a racist), has done what politicians, money, and media have not been able to do – get people talking about equality, getting citizens fired up to speak out and hopefully in the future to vote in those who do believe America is for everyone, no matter their color or religion. 

And if that happens then the voters will have the final say to Trump, and the final words will be, “President Trump, you are fired.”

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Stephon Marbury Mounting NBA Comeback at Age 40 (Seriously)

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Stephon Marbury Mounting NBA Comeback at Age 40 (Seriously)

Don’t call it a comeback — cause it’s a looongshot — but Stephon Marbury says he’s gunnin’ for an NBA return!

The 40-year-old announced the news on social media, adding that — “I still have a lot of go in me as a player and at 40 being able to play at a high level is a gift.”

Remember … Starbury left the league 8 YEARS ago after a string of sketchy off-court incidents — highlighted by him eating Vaseline straight out of a jar.

He famously packed his bags for China … and became the most legendary player in Chinese basketball history (for real, dude’s already got his own statue).

Now, Marbury says he’s ready to “turn towards the last page of my basketball diary that I’ve been writing since 95 when I left Lincoln High.”

Will a team take a chance on him? We’ll see …

Via: TMZ

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