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NBA forward LeBron James is keeping it very candid on how he teaches his sons about guns and police shootings involving Blacks in America. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, James discusses with the trade paper what projects he’s got going on outside the world of basketball. While James is starting to establish himself in Tinsel Town with producing television shows such as Becoming for Disney, Starz’s Survivor’s Remorse, reality series Uninterrupted for Turner’s digital platform Bleacher Report and other shows in the works, he still is cognizant of the realities of being a black male in America.

During the interview, King James revealed on the heels of 12-year-old Tamir Rice’s death at the hands of Cleveland police officers in the park, while playing with a toy gun, he has talked with his sons about the dangers they may face. James stated:

I have those conversations with my boys. They have tons of play guns. None of them look real. We have Nerf guns that are lime green and purple and yellow. But I don’t even let them take them out of the house.

James also disclosed how he’s preparing to speak with sons LeBron Jr, 10 and Bryce, 7 on what they should do when they are stopped by police officers in order to avoid being gunned down. James remarked:

And the talk is, ‘You be respectful, you do what’s asked and you let them do their job, and we’ll take care of the rest after. You don’t have to boast and brag and automatically think it’s us against the police.’ I’ve had one or two encounters with the police in my life that were nothing. But sometimes you just got to shut up. It’s that simple. Just be quiet and let them do their job and go on about your life and hopefully things go well.

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5 thoughts on “LeBron James Discusses His Advice For His Sons On Guns & The Police

  1. specialt757 on said:

    “…his son’s guns are lime green and made of plastic, he still wont let his boys take them outside.” I’m glad you said that. This is what it’s come to and really has been this way for a very long time. For a parent (especially a black parent) to let their child go outside with a gun that closely resembles a real gun is not being wise. When my son was a kid, I never bought him a toy gun and when a relative did, I would throw them out after they left, and that was more than 20 years ago.

  2. Timekeeeper on said:

    I am glad to hear Lebron speak openly on this topic with BAW. It shows his awareness that this can affect anybody. From the superstar Dad to the construction working father. Even though it is necessary, there is a part of me that still feels it is a shame that we even have to have “The Talk” As far as white fathers having this discussion, I happen to know that some of them do. But not nearly with the same amount of intensity or understanding. There are also some police departments that have begun some diversity training. One thing though, it is almost impossible to train what is in the heart, isn’t it?
    The thing that really stands out in Lebron’s conversation is that even though his son’s guns are lime green and made of plastic, he still wont let his boys take them outside. It shows how aware he is that the police can and will use almost any excuse, including a toy to shoot and kill somebody.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    I think Mr. James’ advice to his sons was good. But I often wonder what advice white parents in America give their sons regarding encounters with the police. Is it the same? Why isn’t there more training during the police academies about dealing with the black communities? They have more than just guns that can be used to stop a threat, but it seems like all we hear nowadays is how the cops opened fire killing the suspect.

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