LeBron James missed what should have been a layup.
Sure, you can argue that the NBA should have allowed players the freedom to express themselves with personal social justice messages on the back of their jerseys.
Instead, the NBA came up with a list of league-approved messages that can be worn by players instead of their last name when the NBA resumes the season later this month in Orlando.
Players will get to choose from a list of 29 messages. The No. 1 choice by players was “Equality.”
Some players, however, weren’t totally cool with the list and balked at it.
James simply declined altogether.
“It was no disrespect to the list that was handed down to all the players,” James told the media in a conference call on Saturday from Florida. “I commend anyone that decided to put something on the back of their jersey.
“It’s just something that didn’t seriously resonate with my mission, with my goal.”
HELLO! Is this on?
LeBron had the perfect message to go on his jersey, and an “approved” message, too. It should read: VOTE
It makes total sense. Best of all, it’s as important as taking to the streets to fight against police brutality and for social justice. For real change to take place in this country, new legislation and laws must become reality.
And in order to get that done, you have to vote in people who are willing to take up the fight for real change in a country filled with still many racial problems.
That’s why LeBron should have jumped at the chance to push this message to the masses. Many look up to him on and off the court. This was right up his alley to continue having an impact on young people.