Throughout much of his career, LA Lakers star forward LeBron James has utilized his platform to bring attention to social issues. James has especially gone that route over the last few years that has taken it up a notch with the recent problems flaring up. That has seen him take unique methods to bring attention to social injustices that continue to occur in the United States. James has ventured that direction with his latest action taking a shot at President Donald Trump that has brought more attention to Breonna Taylor.
LeBron James and Donald Trump trade barbs
Over the last several weeks, the NBA has been at the center of the discussion by President Donald Trump.
That saw Trump air out his strong feelings against kneeling during the national anthem that he believes are disrespectful to the American flag and that he wouldn’t watch any games. It didn’t take long for LeBron James and many others in the NBA to fire back at those strong comments. James voiced that the league wouldn’t lose much if Trump no longer watched games.
LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers aired similar sentiment regarding the situation. With that in mind, James has decided to use uniquely use Trump’s MAGA Hat to bring attention to a lingering social issue.
LeBron James dons altered MAGA Hat to bring attention to Breonna Taylor
LeBron James has held no hesitance to use his platform to garner more considerable attention toward social issues. The 35-year-old went that route ahead of Game 1 of the Lakers’ playoff series against the Portland Trail Blazers.
He donned a red hat with “Make America Great Again” Stitched in white letters, which is similar to the ones that Donald Trump wears, but this version had “Great Again” crossed out with the message underneath reading “Arrest The Cops Who Killed Breonna Taylor” printed below them. Following Tuesday’s game, James clarified what the hat represents, according to Dave McMenamin of ESPN.
“You know, this is something that we continue to put our foot on the gas, continue to pressure,” LeBron James said after the Lakers’ 100-93 loss. “You know, the situation that’s going on in Louisville, Kentucky. An innocent woman being killed in Breonna Taylor, a woman who had a bright future and her future was taken away from her. And there’s been no arrests. There’s been no justice. Not only for her, but for her family. And we want to continue to shed light on that situation, because it’s just unjust, and that’s what it’s about.”
The Lakers had also taken to social media before Tuesday’s contest, which posted several photos of James wearing the hat with the caption reading “Justice for Breonna Taylor.” Many other NBA players have aired out similar sentiments through various interviews with the media since the NBA Orlando Bubble situation began.
Breonna Taylor, a Black emergency medical technician, was killed in her home in Louisville after police officers in plain clothes conducted a “no-knock” warrant search related to a narcotics investigation. The entire situation led to Taylor being shot at least eight times while no drugs were found in her home.
That came after her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, fired his gun in what he stated was self-defense after he thought he was home was being broken into. The police argued that the shots were fired back because of Walker initially shooting. Detective Brett Hankison was fired, but the other officers involved Jon Mattingly, and Myles Cosgrove were placed on administrative reassignment.
More actions to come
It’s a situation that LeBron James and many of his colleagues have continued to demand actions taken.
There hasn’t been significant movement on that front that has led many players and coaches to air their frustrations. It’s one of many social issues that has created this significant push toward social change in the United States.
The expectation should be that James and many others in the NBA will remain firm in using their platform to bring attention to social issues. As long as the officers in the Breonna Taylor’s case remain unpunished, there will be a strong public outcry for action.