By NICHOLAS BRUENS
Colin Kaepernick sparked a major discussion this year when he chose to kneel during the national anthem. It was done to protest the mistreatment African Americans are facing in the nation.
Kaepernick’s protest has caused many athletes to join his protest. LeBron James, however, will not be one of these athletes. LeBron has stated during the Cleveland Cavaliers’ media day that he will in fact be standing for the national anthem.
“Me standing for the national anthem is something I will do,” James told the news media. “That’s who I am. That’s what I believe in.”
James also made sure to mention that he also does not disagree with Kaepernick’s actions. The former MVP actually stated that he supports Kaepernick and his right to protest.
“You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion, and he’s doing it in the most peaceful way I’ve ever seen someone do something,” said James.
LeBron James is arguably the best player in the National Basketball Association. He is probably the most famous athlete in the world and is idolized by millions of people. When LeBron speaks, people listen.
These words carry a lot of weight because of the one who is saying them. As a result the media has been all over the statements. Multiple internet articles have been written and his statements have the topic of conversation on TV channels such as ESPN and Fox Sports.
This is very important because LeBron’s message is one that should be heard throughout the country. Even though he doesn’t share the belief that he should protest, he respects the other athletes enough to recognize that these players have rights and it should be respected.
The news media have recognized this message and are spreading James’ word for the nation to hear.